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COLLEGE 




THE NEWSLETTER OF LASELL COLLEGE 
FALL 2003 



INSIDE: 



Message from the President 2 

New Trustees 2 

Service-Learning 3-6 

Campus Update 7-12 

People at Lasell 13 

Campaign for Bragdon 14 

Annual Fund 15 

Alumni News & Events 16-21 

Lasell Village 22 

Sports News 23 

Class Notes Inside 



SPECIAL ISSUE: 
SERVICE-LEARNING 



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A Q&A WITH THE ACADEMIC VICE PRESIDENT OF LASELL 

Service-Learning an Emphasis 
on Student Engagement 

JlVECENTLY, VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS JIM OSTRO W DISCUSSED 
the determined emphasis on service-learning at the College, explaining what it means to 
the institution as well as to the students who participate in the process. 



Q: From your academic perspective, how do 
you define service-learning? 

A: I define service-learning as the engagement 
in community projects and related reflective activ- 
ity that enhances both academic learning and 
social awareness. The projects are typically, but 
not solely, course-based projects that emphasize 
disdpline-specific or cross-disciplinary discovery. 

Q: Is it different from the concept of community 
service, which is what students called their com- 
munity activism a few years back? If so, how? 

A: Service-learning is inclusive of, but goes 
beyond, community service in that it is designed 
around the primary objectives of academically- 
based exploration and discovery. This means 



that the activities involved in service-learning 
always have to be constructed according to these 
objectives. A key principle in service learning is 
reciprocity: the development of a mutually bene- 
ficial relationship between academic institution 
and community. 

Q: Why do you believe it is such an important 
part of the educational experience for students 
at Lasell? 

A: Three primary reasons: 

First, service -learning is a key strategy with- 
in our philosophy of connected learning — to 

See SERVICE-LEARNING 
continued on page 5 



THE ONLY AMERICAN WOMAN TO HAVE EVER 
WON AN OLYMPIC MARATHON GOLD MEDAL 

Marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson 
Addresses 148th Commencement 



Us 



'SING THE MARATHON AS METAPHOR, WORLD RENOWNED RUNNER JOAN 
Benoit Samuelson, whom Runner's World Magazine called "the greatest American 
marathoner in history," spoke of pursuing one's goals with heart, and the need to take 
advantage of unforeseen opportunities "to make them work for you." She conveyed that 
message to the 168 graduates of Lasell College, at the 148th commencement ceremony on 
Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. on Taylor Field. 

'If s not in what place you finish, if s 
that you have the heart to finish," Benoit 
Samuelson said to the audience of some 
1800 family members, friends, and Lasell 
College faculty and staff who congregated 
under a giant tent on Taylor Field, on a per- 
fect May day, to celebrate the accomplish- 
ments of the class of 2003. 

Saying that running marathons — 
"120,000 miles in my career — has been an 
extension of my education," the Bowdoin 
College graduate talked about how she had 

See COMMENCEMENT 

continued on page 8 Joan Benoit Samuelson addresses the graduating class. 




MESSAGE FROM THE 



PRESIDENT 



Service-Learning: Redefining Lasell's Historic 
Commitment to Engaged Education 

1 HE FOCUS OF THIS EDITION OF LEAVES IS ON SERVICE-LEARNING: HOW IT IMPACTS THE 
lives of our students and those they serve as well as the subtle changes it has begun to create in the 
culture on campus. 




Service-learning, which incorporates an academic 
learning component into the long tradition of 
student volunteering to help the less fortunate in 
society, has a special place in the life of Lasell. 
What became a trend in higher education in the 
sixties and seventies was for Lasell merely a redef- 
inition of a historic commitment to a more 
engaged form of education. As an institution 
embracing a practically-oriented liberal arts educa- 
tion, Lasell and its students long ago embraced a 
sense of social responsibility. In modern times, we 
integrated it into our unique connected learning 
educational philosophy, adapting volunteerism 
especially for those fields which, unlike Fashion or 
Business, had no ready-made internship compo- 
nent. Service-learning at Lasell is interdisciplinary, 
cutting across various academic departments. As a 
result, students get to know one another, and 
have a greater understanding and respect for each 
other's work and academic disciplines. 

Service-learning provides the perfect nexus 



between traditional liberal arts majors and our 
commitment to experiential learning. Now, more 
than 40 percent of our students are engaged in 
service projects, supported in the curriculum 
by an increasing number of faculty who not 
only share their time and talents but also gain 
great insight into the root causes of poverty and 
deprivation. Whenever I talk about service-learn- 
ing, I am reminded of the almost apocryphal 
story of an academic dean responding to an 
enthusiastic mother who wants the same oppor- 
tunity of volunteerism for her son, a high school 
junior, as her daughter, a sophomore in college 
engaged in volunteerism. The purpose, the dean 
reminds the sincere mother, is not to preserve 
poverty as a palliative for the well-to-do (to 
assuage guilt and instill a sense of compassion) 
but to introduce policies and practices which 
diminish its magnification. 

That is what Lasell students do: they make a 
difference and want to effect permanent change. 



By giving freely of their time and talent, when 
many carry demanding academic course loads 
and have to work to pay for their education, they 
also change the climate on campus from one of 
self-indulgence to one which also focuses on 
sharing the good fortune which brought them 
to Lasell. 

For those of you who care about this extraordi- 
nary college and its commitment to changing 
lives, thank you for enabling our students to reach 
beyond their limited personal horizons. You do 
make a difference! 



Sincerely, 




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Thomas E. J. de Witt, Ph.D. 



Two New Trustees Elected 

A.T THE JUNE 2003 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, TWO NEW TRUSTEES 
were elected to the Lasell College Board. 



Susan Hass is currently Professor of Manage- 
ment at Simmons College School of Management 
(SOM) in Boston, MA. At Simmons College, Ms. 
Hass has served on the undergraduate Faculty 
Council, the Council of Graduate Faculties, the 
Honorary Degrees Commit- 
tee, the Compensation 
Committee, and the college- 
wide Strategic Planning 
Committee. She is presently 
chair of the School of 
Management Curricu- 
lum Committee. 

Courses Ms. Hass 
has taught at the SOM 
include: Financial 
Reporting and Analysis, 
Managerial Accounting, 
Current Topics in 
Accounting, and Strategic Performance 
Measures. She is currently conducting 
research in the area of enterprise-wide risk 
management and its relation to performance 
measurement. Her prior areas of research 
relate to the quality of service in professional 
service firms. 

Before joining the faculty at Simmons SOM, 
Ms. Hass was employed as an audit manager at 
Coopers & Lybrand (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) in 
Boston. While Ms. Hass's primary specializations 
were in multinational and national manufacturing 




Susan Hass 



and banking, she also instructed in national staff 
training programs. In 1975, she was the Business 
Manager and Controller for the Massachusetts 
Horticultural Society in Boston. 

She earned her undergraduate degree, summa 
cum laude, from Boston University School of 
Management. She holds an M.BA. with a con- 
centration in Marketing from the Harvard Uni- 
versity Graduate School of Business. 

Marisa L. Mascaro has 10 
years experience managing 
complex energy projects in the 
environmental, health and safety 
fields. She is an environmental 
attorney and Director of Project 
Development for SCS Energy, 
LLC in Concord, MA, a position 
she has held since 2000. At SCS, 
she has responsibility for permit- 
ting, acquisitions, compliance, 
environmental policy develop- 
ment, and community relations. 
Prior to working at SCS, Ms. 
Mascaro was a Senior Associate and then manager 
of Environmental Affairs for PG & E Generating 
Company in Boston, MA. 

Ms. Mascaro received her B.A. degree from 
Princeton University in 1989, and her J.D. in 1992 
from Boston University School of Law. She is a 
resident of Wellesley, MA. **■ 




Marisa Mascaro 



Recognition Given to 
Long Term Faculty 
and Staff 

There are many faculty and staff members 
who have served Lasell with dedication and dis- 
tinction. On August 27, the College held its first 
annual Employee Recognition Lunch, where 81 
individuals received resounding applause. 

"Over the years Lasell has attracted and 
retained highly talented faculty and staff," said 
President Tom de Witt. "I believe it has been our 
commitment to community, balanced with a 
sense of entrepreneurship, that has made Lasell 
a welcoming and energizing workplace." 

Deserving special recognition are four individ- 
uals who have been with the College for more 
than 30 years: Professor of Humanities Joseph 
Aieta, Director of Support Services Jeanne 
Johnsen '72, Postmaster John O'Connor, and 
Buildings & Grounds member Paul White. »- 




Some of the faculty and staff members who have served the 
College for 15 or more years pause for a group photo. 



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LASELL LEAVES 



FALL 2003 



SERVICE-LEARNING 



SERVICE-LEARNING AT LASELL 

"Through its service-learning compo- 
nent Lasell has greatly expanded its out- 
reach to the greater Boston community. 
Classes have done very interesting pro- 
jects, which in turn have both reinforced 
and enhanced student learning of course 
material. For example, the Domestic Vio- 
lence class partnered with The Second 
Step on a variety of projects — serving 
meals for families who have experienced 
domestic violence, cleaning out and refur- 
bishing a room for a family moving into 
a transitional shelter, hosting a fundrais- 
ing event — and in the process of partici- 
pating in these service ventures, the class 
learned a great deal about this organiza- 
tion, its clientele, and social justice issues. 

"As a College, we pride ourselves on 
our connected learning mission, and 
service-learning projects offer many 
connected learning opportunities. I think 
it is also the case that the faculty who 
have utilized service-learning have been 
excited about the results they've been 
able to achieve and the enthusiasm 
expressed by our students once they have 
been engaged." 

— Sharyn Lowenstein 
Director, 

Center for Community- 
Based Learning 



Lasell Bids an Appreciative Farewell to 
Molly DeStafney, VISTA Volunteer 

Lasell has been extremely lucky to have macc americorps*vista 

volunteer Molly DeStafney working on campus for the last two years. In conjunction with 
the Center for Community-Based Learning, Molly has helped to expand and promote the 
seivice-learning opportunities that are available to Lasell students. "The experience has been 
mutually beneficial," says Molly. "I have been incredibly energized by the students I've 
worked with as I watch them grow to be leaders. They have taught me a lot about myself." 

Molly and Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the 
Center for Community-Based Learning, began 
working at Lasell at the same time. "As we 
worked together, a system seemed to emerge 
and evolved naturally," says Molly. "Sharyn 
works with the faculty and develops service- 
learning opportunities, and I concentrated on 
student leadership and volunteerism. 

"I spent a lot of my time getting to know the 
student population. It didn't take me long to real- 
ize that Lasell students are a very 'hands on' 
group. They want to get out there and do things, 
rather than just talk about it." 

Molly's responsibilities included running the 
America Reads program on campus (see story p. 
6), a complex logistical effort that entailed arrang- 
ing for and overseeing students who traveled to 
four different school sites: two in Newton, one in 
Boston, and one in Waltham. 

She helmed the development of Case House 
as a residence hall exclusively reserved for stu- 
dents committed to service. Residents agreed to 
do 50 hours of service per semester in addition 
to a common service project. Last spring, each of 
the student residents took a one-credit service- 
learning course that was designed to help them 





THRIVING SERVICE-LEARNING AT LASELL IS PART OF NATIONAL TREND 

Campus Compact Survey Reveals Record 
Numbers of Students Involved in Service 



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SURVEY RELEASED JUNE 9TH BY CAMPUS COMPACT — THE NATIONAL 

coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic 

purposes of higher education — found that students at American colleges and universities 

are engaging in community service in record numbers. Campus support of service efforts is 

also on the rise. Results show a steady increase in both campus-based service initiatives 

and the incorporation of service into the curriculum ("service-learning"). 

An average of 33% of students at the 504 "Campuses are increasingly providing the space 

responding schools were engaged in community and opportunity for students to act on their 



service during 2002, compared with 28% in 2001. 
More than half of the schools surveyed noted 
an increase in student involvement in community 
service; a fifth reported an increase of 10% 
or more. 

"The fact that a third of college and university 
students are engaged in community service 
belies the common image of students as cynical 
and self-involved," said Elizabeth Hollander, 
Executive Director of Campus Compact. 



sense of social responsibility." 

The significant expansion of service and 
service-learning on campus signals higher 
education's commitment to educating active 
and engaged citizens. 

Out of 840 member colleges and universities 
that received the survey, 504 completed it: a 
response rate of 60%. More results, as well as 
results from past surveys, are available at 
http://www.compact.org. **- 



Molly DeStafney feeds a young friend on this May's 
service trip to Virginia. 

identify their service goals. 

"Being a resident of Case House involves a 
substantial amount of extra work and commit- 
ment for the students. I have an immense admi- 
ration for all of them." 

Molly also interacted with community service 
scholars, publicized service events, recruited ser- 
vice leaders, and worked with Sharyn to expand 
the College's service program opportunities. 
Given all her responsibilities, everyone on cam- 
pus was thrilled when Molly decided to apply to 
remain at Lasell for a second year. 

"I really wanted to see Case House get up and 
running," explains Molly. "I had spent March 
and April getting the word out on campus and 
worked closely with the Admission Office and 
Resident Life. We found 12 students who were 
excited and ready to take on this new experience 
in the fall. By being able to stay, I was able to 
help the program take shape. 

This fall, it will be Spence House that will be 
the designated service-learning residence. "The 
program has grown to 18 students," says Sharyn. 
"We have two men in the group, six returning 
Case students, and some new sophomore and 
junior faces. Molly deserves the credit for making 
the program such a growing success. As a VISTA 
volunteer, she has helped enormously in develop- 
ing student leadership on campus." 

Looking back on her two years at Lasell, 
Molly is the first to admit that in spite of the 
exciting challenge she faces pursuing her master's 
degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio 
this fall, leaving the Lasell campus isn't easy. 

"Living in Plummer House, with its open door 
policy, gave me a unique opportunity to get to 
know Lasell's students. We spent hours dis- 
cussing ideas and issues and I watched their zeal 

See DESTAFNEY 
continued on page 5 



FALL 2003 



LASELL 



LEAVES 



SERVICE-LEARNING 



Second Annual Connected Learning 
Symposium Showcases Students' Work 

1 WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE COMMUNITY, BUT ESPECIALLY STUDENTS 
and faculty, on a great week-long symposium of academic project presentations," said Vice 
President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow. "We had a wonderful variety of demonstra- 
tions, presentations, and thematic discussions, all of which represented the imagination 
and intelligence that inform Lasell students' connected learning work." 



Daily, from April 22 through April 26, there 
was a rich assortment of events showcasing stu- 
dent presentations in every discipline, including 
electronic portfolio demonstrations, internship 
presentations, student fashion exhibits in 
Yamawaki, and two dazzling and much antici- 
pated fashion shows that concluded the week. 

One of the opening events was an assembly 
entitled "The Need to Ban Antipersonnel Land- 
mines," which was co-sponsored by Professor 
Tessa LeRoux's Introduction to Women's Studies 
class and the Donahue Institute, and was part of 
the class's bigger project, Women and War. Gina 
Coplon-Newfield, who has served as the Coordi- 
nator of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines 
(USCBL), spoke about the organization's efforts 
to convince the U.S. government to join the 1997 
Mine Ban Treaty. 




Maha al-Shaoibi '04, a Journalism student, presents her paper, "Life Lines. 



Student presentations on Women and War fol- 
lowed, highlighting the many life-changing effects 
of war and the different ways that women have 
been involved in or affected by war. De Witt Hall 
was filled with materials and posters that the 
students had collected and made to illustrate 
these sung and unsung heroines. 

"Many of the students conducted interviews 
with women whose lives had all been changed 
by war, in one way or another," explains Profes- 
sor LeRoux. 'Tor some, this was their first real 
confrontation with the realities and horrors of 
war. They discovered dimensions of their grand- 
mothers or other relatives that they never knew. 
This may have been the first time that family 
members had talked with them about their expe- 
riences. New ties were forged and the students 
had a new appreciation for the strength, determi- 
nation, and courage these women displayed." 

For the first time in Lasell history, this year 12 
students lived in a community service residence 



hall, Case House, and presentations about indi- 
vidual projects were made at a connected learn- 
ing session. 

"I guess you could call us guinea pigs," 
laughed Aimee Wallace '05. "The experience defi- 
nitely met my expectations. We all have a com- 
mon interest, are respectful of each other, and 
these bonds have tied us very closely to one 
another." Aimee volunteered at a cat shelter, was 
an America Reads tutor, and participated in the 
Case House can drive that benefited Shelter Inc., 
a homeless shelter in Cambridge. 

Mary D'Adamo '06, organized this year's Red 
Cross Blood Drive as her service-learning project. 
"When I signed up for Case House my aim was 
to become engaged and more socially aware," she 
said. "I've learned that I'm only one voice but I 
am able to make a difference." 

"Service has been my life," says len 
Boyd '06, "and Case House is why I 
came to Lasell." Last fall Jen attended 
a conference in Holyoke, MA on how 
to organize and promote community 
service-related alternative breaks. "I 
learned a lot and being there made me 
much more aware of why people are 
drawn to service." Building on every- 
thing she absorbed, Jen made all the 
contacts for the College's May service 
trip to Virginia (see story p. 6). 

As each of the Case House stu- 
dents reported on their projects, it 
was apparent that they cared deeply 
about what they had done over the 
course of the year, and all were intent 
on expanding and promoting service- 
learning on campus. 

The tiered seats in Sargent 
were full when the Arts & 
Sciences students made their 
presentations. For Diane 
Donatio's Journalism class, 
the assignment was to design, 
write, and produce a 12-page 
newspaper with a theme. 
"Not only did the students 
have to do research and writ- 
ing," explained Assistant Pro- 
fessor Donatio, "they also had 
to learn layout and how to 
balance the pages." 

Maha al-Shaoibi '04 chose 
health and titled her paper 
"Life Lines," while the paper 
of Tamara Perceval '04 was 
called "Culture." Among her 





The Women and War exhibits were well thought out 
and informative. 



stories was a profile of a student from Nigeria 
and a piece on election day in Guatemala. 

These two students and Jaclyn Wong '04 were 
also in Assistant Professor Donatio's Understand- 
ing Mass Media class. Their final project was a 
PowerPoint presentation on bias. "Media affects 
how we think," said Jaclyn, "and it doesn't 
always give both sides. It is interesting to read 
articles and figure out what slant the editor is 
taking." 

Similarly, while taking Nature and Meaning of 
History, Betsy Chominsky '03 discovered that his- 
torians have varied perspectives. While studying 
the English Reformation, it became apparent to 
her that there were many different views on the 
roles and stances of Elizabeth and Mary Queen of 
Scots. 

Professor Steve Bloom's Media Literacy class 
visited the Girl Scouts and a third and fourth 
grade class to discover how the media and com- 
mercials influence them. The young students 
were able to remember every ad they were 
shown and were happy to speak up and give 
their opinions. 

The final events of the week were two glitzy 
fashion shows for which tickets were scarce. In a 
palm tree filled de Witt Hall, the classes of '04, 
'05 and '06 presented "Simply Hollywood" on 
Friday night. On Saturday, at "Putting on the 
Glitz," the Senior collections, representing a year 
of the soon-to-be-graduates' hard work, were 
modeled. 

The thunderous applause the collections drew 
was well deserved and accolades go to every stu- 
dent who participated in the week-long Connect- 
ed Learning Symposium. **■ 




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Some of the Case House students with posters: front row left to right: Mary D'Adamo 
'06, Tressa Andon '05; back row left to right: LeeAnn Tkacz '05, Mayoura Pon '04, Cat 
Terwilleger '05, Kay li n Boileau '06, Colleen Noonan '05; back center Aimee Wallace '05. 



LASELL LEAVES 



FALL 2003 



SERVICE-LEARNING 

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 

engage students in valuing their education as 
more than what John Dewey calls something 
"received and left behind." That is, by engaging 
in projects that have lasting value, beyond just 
earning a grade, students gain a sense of the 
value of subject matter extending beyond the 
walls of the classroom. 

Second, Lasell College is committed to what I 
believe should be a core prin- 
ciple in higher education: that 
of advancing habits of social 
responsibility and citizenship. 
Service-learning is a natural 
way of participating in such 
advancement within the 
context of our educational 
philosophy. 

Third, and this is tied in 
with the second, obviously, 
service-learning is an impor- 
tant representation of the 

College's commitment to rendering higher educa- 
tion relevant to local and global social problems. 
Service-learning is a means to create and sustain 
lasting and meaningful bonds between our cam- 
puses and surrounding communities. Students, 
faculty, and staff work with community-based 
organizations in a collaborative relationship 
defined by the dual purpose of educational 
enrichment and community improvement. In this 
way, the campus and community become part- 



ners in the educational and economic develop- 
ment of the region. 

Q: In what ways would you say that service- 
learning expands /enriches a student's education 
and outlook? Can you give examples? 

A: Applying the skills and concepts learned in 
courses to projects that have positive community 
impact deepens students' sense of the human 
value of education. Students learn about social 
issues that have major significance in contempo- 
rary life, including poverty, health care, education 

and child-care, elderly 
assistance, and envi- 
ronmental manage- 
ment. Students 
discover possibilities 
for civic involvement 
rooted to academic 
learning. Also, by 
experiencing, first 
hand, the College's 
commitment to com- 
munity improvement, 
students' awareness of 
the importance of good citizenship in both one's 
personal and professional life is enhanced. 

Q: How does Lasell rank among its competi- 
tors in the service-learning arena? How is that 
ranking measured? And how important is it in 
terms of attracting students? 

A: I would say that our combination of high 
faculty involvement, a scholarship program a 
service-house, and the existence of the Donahue 
Institute as a complement to the Center for 



"Students, faculty, and staff work with 

community-based organizations in a 

collaborative relationship defined by the 

dual purpose of educational enrichment 

and community improvement." 

— Jim Ostrow 

Vice President Student Affairs 



Community-Based Learning places us among 
the leaders. 

Q: Why is it crucial for Lasell to maintain 
its service -learning component and how has 
VISTA involvement impacted the College and 
its programs? 

A: I see service-learning and its growth as 
essential to fulfilling our current strategic vision. 
The VISTA, especially as a stimulus for the devel- 
opment of student leadership, lies at the core of 
our efforts. **- 



"Your world. 
Your chance to 
make it better/' 

If s the AmeriCorps*VISTA rallying cry that 
has lured thousands of idealistic, committed 
young people to answer the call to community 
service with the possibility of really making 
a difference. 

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke of his 
dream to create a domestic volunteer program 
modeled after the newly established Peace 
Corps. After Kennedy's assassination, and as a 
fulfillment of that dream, President Lyndon B. 
Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act 
of 1964 — his declaration of a "war on poverty" 
in which VISTA was formally created. 



Lasell Students Run Health Awareness 
Workshops at Newton's Brown Middle School 

As SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH-GRADERS POURED THROUGH THE DOORS OF 
the Brown Middle School in Newton on March 24th, there was more than the usual early 
morning din. Teachers and students were looking forward to "Community Day" with its 
full schedule of workshops and presentations concerning both physical and mental health. 
As part of Lasell's commitment to community service and service-learning, 10 students 
from the College were participating by running sessions on nutrition, body image, fitness, 
and anatomy. 

Carrying the skeleton, "Mr. Bones," a sit-and- 
reach box, bags full of healthy and not-so healthy 
foods, and a 'Jeopardy" board with anatomy 
questions, the Lasell students headed to four 
classrooms on the second floor. Here they ran 
engaging and instructive interactive sessions 
with the middle schoolers during their morning 
class periods. 

The 10 Lasell students were either members of 
the Sports Medicine Club or were enrolled in the 
Allied Health Professional Interactions class. 
"This is a seminar course with a connected learn- 
ing /service-learning component that develops 
professional communication skills and patient 
education," explains Lisa Harris, dean for the 
School of Allied Health and Sports Studies. "The 
students who ran the workshops were Athletic 




Professor Lisa Harris and Assistant Trainer Lisa Dupuis are 
joined by the Lasell students who ran health sessions at the 
Brown Middle School. 



Training and Exercise Physiology majors and they 
put together the four sessions." 

"Lasell is dedicated to the successful incorpora- 
tion of service to others in course-based projects 



as part of our connected learning philosophy," 
explains Vice President for Academic Affairs 
James Ostrow. "The majority of our service work 
supports the Newton community, and we were 
pleased to be able to contribute to the impressive 
program that the Brown Middle School put 
together." 

There were smiles on both the Lasell and the 
Brown School students' faces, as the middle 
schoolers did jumping jacks, tried to estimate the 
number of calories in a Snickers bar, and guessed 
which is the longest bone in the human body. 
At Brown School that day, it was apparent that 
service-learning is a two-way street. **• 



DeSTAFNEY 

CONTINUED FROM PACE 3 

and commitment grow. If s clear that service- 
learning is a connection that makes them 
happy at Lasell." 

Because of all Molly's efforts, a strong 
groundwork has been laid for Elena Garcia, 
Lasell's new VISTA volunteer. We wish Molly 
the best of luck in all her future endeavors 
and thank her for the many contributions she 
has made to the College's service-learning 
program over the past two years. **■ 



FALL 2003 



LASELL LEAVES 



SERVICE-LEARNING 



Students and Tutors in America Reads 
Make Lasting Connections 



Wh 



r HEN STUDENTS AT LASELL SIGNED UP FOR THE AMERICA READS 
Program this year, they had no idea how much the experience was going to 
affect their lives. "We knew that we were going to the schools to enhance the 
students' reading skills," says Lee Ann Tkacz '05, student coordinator at 
Newton's Mason Rice Elementary School, "but we didn't anticipate what 
close bonds would be forged with our tutees. By working with them each 
week, not only did we learn where they were coming from, but it also made 
us realize and recognize things about ourselves." 



America Reads is a well-loved Clinton literacy 
initiative. Colleges across the country run it as 
a federal work-study program and participating 
students are paid. Last year, Lasell had 45 stu- 
dent teachers and the program was run at four 
schools: Newton's Mason Rice Elementary and 
Williams Schools, Boston's Farragut School, and 
Waltham's McArthur School. 

Jane Taylor was the Mason Rice faculty coordi- 
nator for the program. "This was a pilot year with 
Lasell, so we were always changing and adding 
things to the roadmap," Jane explains. "Our goal 
is to close the literacy gap and to change the lives 
of these students by giving them the advantage of 
reading. Without that skill they will not have the 
chance to proceed. 

"The Lasell tutors learn what the teachers are 
working on, which enables them to reinforce the 




same skills. They work in the actu- 
al classrooms of that grade, so that 
the teachers can see and keep in 
touch with the tutor," explains Jane. 
"We also want to have the parents get to know 
the Lasell students. When they come to pick up 
their children, they see them working together 
and hopefully they will follow up at home." 

At the end of the year, a farewell party was 
held at Mason Rice for all the America Reads 
participants. Walking in together, arm and arm, 
everyone gathered in a circle. The Lasell tutors 
gave each student a book that had been carefully 
and individually selected, and the tutees present- 
ed their tutors with banners that expressed 
their appreciation. 

When Jane Taylor asked everyone present 
what had meant the most to them about the pro- 



Linda Lyons and her tutor Cassandra Maurissant '04 are clearly enjoying 
themselves during circle time. 



gram, the young students replied, "Making con- 
nections with what I read," "Just talking to my 
tutor," and "If I didn't notice when I got a word 
wrong, my tutor would tell me." The Lasell 
students said, "Being greeted when we arrived," 
"How much I learned from the children," and 
"It feels good to help them with something that 
they'll be using for the rest of their lives." 

Parents were appreciative too, saying, "It 
enhanced my daughter's reading ability and she 
had her homework done by the time she got 
home," and "My child was so engaged by the 
program." All in all, everyone agreed with Jane 
Taylor when she said, "My school thinks this 
program is the best thing since sliced bread!" **• 



Nine Participate in May Service Trip to Virginia 



R, 



.URAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA WAS THE DESTINATION FOR THIS YEAR'S MAY 

alternative break service trip. Molly DeStafney, Lasell's 2003 MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA 

volunteer, did considerable research beforehand, to make sure that the site that was selected 

for the trip would give the eight participating students a successful and meaningful 

experience. Her efforts did not go unrewarded. 

"When I phoned Jayne Hall, president of the to go llama trekking, and to visit a dairy farm. 

Rural Retreat Historical Society, I knew that I had "All the students were from urban or suburban 



found the right group," Molly says. "This organi- 
zation was founded in 1996 not for any historical 
purpose but as a means of bringing service vol- 
unteers to the town. No one associated with the 
Society is paid and they all give an enormous 
amount of time and heart to it." 

On May 19th, the students and Molly climbed 
into two vans and drove 14 hours to Virginia. 
"We arrived really late," recalls Diane Bourbeau 
'03. 'Jayne met us and took us upstairs to our liv- 
ing quarters. Rural Retreat volunteers cooked us 
three meals a day, and when it was time to go, it 
was like leaving old friends." 

For four days, the Lasell group performed a 
variety of tasks in the area. Some cleaned elderly 
people's homes, others gardened, and some 
assisted in an elementary school for a day. When 
not working, the volunteers had an opportunity 
to try Appalachian tap dancing (called clogging), 



areas, so life in Rural Retreat was very different 
from what they knew," says Molly. 

"This was my third May service trip," smiles 
Diane. "People say that I'm always overly excited 
about everything, but I've had three incredible 
experiences. This year I was able to help two 
elderly women with their houses and gardens and 
I find that you always get more than you give." 

Before heading back to Massachusetts, the 
group went up to Mountain Lake, VA. On their 
way, they stopped in Wytheville, where they met 
John Johnson, the executive director of the 
Wytheville Training Center and an expert in 
African-American culture. He took the Lasell vol- 
unteers through the town's school, the only one 
in the area for black children until the mid-1 950's. 
Throughout the tour, he described his experiences 
of living through segregation. 

"Everything he said was amazing and eye- 




The Virginia volunteers take a break. Left to right front 
row: Lisa Yong '06, Diane Bourbeau '03, Alexis Polanco '05, 
Mary D'Adamo '06; back row left to right: Brooke Wyman 
'03, Kate Eldridge '05, Cat Terwilleger '05, Chantel Daley 
'05, and Molly DeStafney, VISTA volunteer. 

opening," recalls Diane. "It was quite something 
to realize that grades one to 12 were housed in 
this small building and that everything the stu- 
dents had was second-hand. They read from dif- 
ferent used textbooks and, if you were on the 
football team, you were lucky to have a mis- 
matched uniform. Sometimes players had to wear 
two different sized cleats." 

"Working with the Rural Retreat Historical 
Society was a great partnership, and hopefully 
Lasell will send another group there next year," 
says Molly. "This year's group formed wonderful 
connections with each other and with the people 
they met. To have the opportunity to travel to a 
different part of the country to do service is an 
experience that is irreplaceable." »* 



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Second Annual College Town Meeting Held 

In what may be developing into a welcome lasell tradition, vice 

President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow presided over the second annual Lasell College 
Town Meeting on May 20th in de Witt Hall. Faculty and staff gathered to discuss the cur- 
rent strategic planning process and provide feedback on the goals and initiatives that have 
been formulated by the College's strategic planning committee. 



"The Town Meeting serves the dual purpose of 
pulling all of us together as a real community, as 
well as generating very important ideas for insti- 
tutional improvement," says Vice President 
Ostrow. 

Last year the town meeting was held as part of 
the self-accreditation process and it generated 
important suggestions. By coming together as a 
unit, the entire community became involved in 
thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of 
the College and the future direction of Lasell. 

On the docket for this year were the College's 
five strategic "vision" goals. These goals are: 

1) The external audience grasps what is 
meant by connected learning, and 
prospective students select to come to 
Lasell largely because of this philosophy. 

2) Students, staff, and faculty understand 
and operate in terms of the distinctive 
characteristics of a connected learning 
philosophy. 

3) Students, with their academic advisors 
and faculty, experience and conceptual- 
ize their Lasell education from the begin- 
ning as a coherent whole. 

4) Students are immersed in an engaging 
and stimulating hving/learning College 
community environment. 

5) The Lasell education fully integrates 
preparation for both professional excel- 
lence and good citizenship. 

After a period of discussion, faculty and staff 
were asked to move through four Winslow class- 
rooms to add comments to specific questions that 
were posted by the strategic area subcommittees. 



CHEM 201 GOES NATIONAL 

The entire CHEM 201 class participated in 
a nationally administered, semester-long, 
multi-part survey designed to test the efficacy of 
online feedback tools used in college 
courses. The survey included an assessment and 
feedback on each student's learning 
style as well as midterm and final evaluations 
regarding the use of online homework. We 
are currently using WEBASSIGN — an online 
homework system which is used around the 
country. The survey is being administered by 
IOTA Solutions and is part of a grant that was 
awarded to them from the U.S. Department 
of Education. 



The information gathered from these sheets is 
currently being evaluated for incorporation into 
the future plans of the College. 

"This spring's meeting produced pages of 
ideas that will be very useful to those of us 
involved in the current strategic planning process, 
which is focused heavily around the concept of 
connected learning," says Vice President Ostrow. 
'To give just one example, there were several 
comments about ways linkages can be established 
between academic affairs and student affairs in 
the development of connected learning projects. 




Counseling Center Director Janice Fletcher and Director 
of the Center for Community-Based Learning Sharyn 
Lowenstein write down suggestions while Jason Lively '04 
looks on. 



"We look forward to working through all 
of these ideas as we formulate strategies for 
enhancing the environment and reputation of 
Lasell College." »* 



Lasell Faculty Go to Camp 

When school is over and summer arrives, it's time for camp, as for 

many others, this is true for Lasell' s faculty, who gathered in Wolfe Hall during the week of 
June 9 for the third annual Teaching with Technology Summer Camp (TTSC). Some 23 fac- 
ulty members attended sessions as their schedules permitted. As faculty sat down in front 
of their computers, prepared to begin, Director of Academic Computing Linda Bruenjes 
joked, "It is not necessary to turn off your cell phones, and you are allowed to eat" — 
turning the usual professorial warning to underclassmen on its head. 

"Every year of TTSC has been different," says 
Linda. "The first year was experimental, as we 
weren't sure what the faculty wanted or needed, 
but by the second year, we knew where to 
focus. This year, we are concentrating on the 
new course management Web pages that the 
Information Technology (IT) Department has 
created to replace the previous integrated 
administrative and academic management 
system called Jenzabar." 

Chief of Information Technology Deborah 
Gelch and Professors Tim O'Brien and Richard 
Dodds worked long and hard to get a template in 
place for the new course Web pages that will tie 
together faculty, staff, and students through the 
College's Intranet. Web pages have been devel- 
oped for each course offered at Lasell and are 
accessible to anyone with a browser connected to 
the Internet both on- and off-campus. 

"The Web pages contain general information 
about each course that is culled from the Regis- 
trar's system," explains Linda. "Also included is a 
Course Materials Folder, where faculty will store 
information such as syllabi, homework assign- 
ments, and readings. 

"We want the faculty to get excited about 
using technology in the classroom," continues 
Linda. "Today's students are technologically liter- 
ate and we can use the Web to help students take 
responsibility for their education. They like visu- 




Director of Academic Computing Linda Bruenjes helps 
faculty members design their course Web pages. 

als and if s important to keep thinking of innova- 
tive ways to engage students in the learning 
process." 

Once Course Web Pages 101 had been com- 
pleted, the faculty were ready to roll up their 
sleeves and start individualizing their own course 
pages. Soon they were adding hyperlinks, chang- 
ing background colors, and inserting photos. 

In an afternoon breakout session, courses relat- 
ed to digital photography, presentation software, 
smart classrooms, and other new technologies 
were available. "This was a great opportunity 
to engage in dialogue, prepare for next semester, 
and have fun with fellow faculty members," 
said Linda. **- 



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Counseling Center Responds to Needs 
of Growing Student Population 

When the door to the counseling center opens, a friendly 

sleigh bell jingles, welcoming students to an environment of caring and calm. 
"We want every member of the student body to feel that we are accessible to 
them and to know that we are here," explains Counseling Director Janice 
Fletcher. "The college years are exciting and challenging, but sometimes the 
experience can be accompanied by feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and a sense 
of failed goals. It is often helpful for the students to sort things out by talking 
with a professional counselor. 





"I've been at Lasell for 10 years, watched the 
College change, and seen the Center's needs 
increase. As our student population exploded, I 
was fortunate that President de Witt and Dean of 
Student Affairs Diane Austin had the foresight to 
approve the hiring of a second permanent coun- 
selor and, in 2001, I was able to make Mara 
Green a staff member." 

Lasell's Counseling Center team works excep- 
tionally well together. The bulk of the Center's 
work is one on one, and while Janice is responsi- 
ble for that aspect, Mara does many of the 
outreach programs, particularly the Alcohol 
Awareness and Healthy Relationships programs, 
as well as supporting Janice with the counseling. 
"The Counseling Center organized and ran more 
than 35 outreach programs last year, both in the 
classroom and the residence halls, which involved 
489 students or more. This couldn't have hap- 
pened if it was just me," says Janice. 

"We work to make students aware of the Cen- 
ter as soon as possible, but interestingly, most of 
the students find us on their own, or come at the 
recommendation of their friends. Our first job is 
to find out why the student is really at the Center. 
We need to distinguish what the student needs 
and what is right for them. I've had freshmen 
come to me who were homesick and others who 
said they thought they were homesick but who 
were actually suffering from clinical anxiety." 

Confidentiality is key to the Center. "This is a 
small campus and we are extremely mindful of 
the need to maintain student confidentiality," 
says Mara, "and we uphold that pledge stringent- 
ly. Although some students are very open about 
seeing us, others want no one to know. Clearly, 
if s their decision and we follow their lead. 

"Outreach makes students familiar with us and 
willing to come to the Center. I am able to intro- 
duce myself to the small groups that comprise 
the First Year Seminars, where there are usually 
15 to 17 students who have a comfortable rela- 
tionship with each other. I also see students in 
their residence halls when the Resident Advisors 
or faculty members invite me to speak." 

In the fall and spring, as part of the National 
College Alcohol Awareness Program, the Center 
conducts voluntary alcohol screenings. "It takes a 
student about five minutes to complete the ques- 
tionnaire," Mara explains, "and ifs an opportuni- 
ty for me to begin a conversation about the 
hazards of drinking. Ifs one more way of pulling 
the students in, and ifs important to keep a 



dialogue about alcohol awareness 
alive on campus." 

This past year, the Center's outreach efforts 
touched on other topics, such as eating disor- 
ders, diversity, and abuse. April was declared 
Healthy Relationships Month by the Center, and 
theirs was a full calendar, including participa- 
tion in classes and events, and ending with the 
exam period "stress-free zone." 

"Ifs a way of reminding students of the essen- 
tial things they should be doing to take care of 
themselves, and that includes relaxation," 
explains Mara. 

Sixty percent of the students who use the 
Center, no matter what their class year, are there 
because of stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 
depression or family issues, according to Janice. 
With the help of Information Technology Assis- 
tant Professor Richard Dodds, a database for the 
Center is being created to enhance the Center's 
ability to track the number of visitors, the per- 
centage of the entire campus population being 



Clinical Counselor Mara Green (left) and Counseling Director Janice 
Fletcher work together at the Counseling Center to meet the needs of the 
College community. 



seen, and the reasons for the visits. 

"We're constantly trying to get a better sense 
of who the students are," Janice continues. 
"They change so much every year. We know that 
because of the medications that came out in the 
'90's, many more students with depression and 
anxiety are now able to attend college. Parents of 
these students are much more sophisticated and 
will call us to find out what we can or cannot 
provide. As with other college counseling centers, 
students with more complex diagnoses are com- 
ing to college, creating increased need for ser- 
vices. Also, there are many more students who 
work, adding enormously to their stress level." 

Because of its small size, Lasell tries to wrap 
itself around the whole student. The Center's staff 
works hard to provide valuable resources for 
making student experiences positive. ** 



COMMENCEMENT 

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 

learned the most not from the races she won, but 
from the ones she lost. "The lesson is persever- 
ance and guts," she maintained. "When it comes 
to talent versus heart, heart always trumps tal- 
ent," she assured her audience. 

'Think back four short years ago. You were 
part of the freshman class. Or, as a marathon run- 
ner, lining up on the starting line in 
Hopkinton, graduation — or the 
finish line on Hereford Street in 
Boston — probably seemed like an 
eternity away," Benoit Samuelson 
said. "You were excited and ner- 
vous and maybe a little apprehen- 
sive, wondering if you could really 
go the distance. Suddenly you were on your own. 
You had to make your own decisions and choic- 
es. Perhaps you overdid it and ran much faster 
than you had originally intended. Perhaps you 
ran too slowly and found many other distractions 
that seemed more attractive than academics. 
Regardless — you had the courage to start... and, 
in my opinion, that is the spark that distinguishes 
what real character is about." 

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the Boston 
Marathon twice (1979, 1983) and captured the 



"When it comes to talent 
versus heart, heart always 
trumps talent." 

— Joan Benoit Samuelson 



gold medal during the first women's Olympic 
marathon in the 1984 Games has, in her long 
running career, demonstrated that she has both 
talent and heart. For her unique contribution to 
the sport of running, the Board of Trustees of 
Lasell College awarded her an honorary doctor- 
ate of humane letters. Lasell President Thomas 
E. J. de Witt read the citation: 
'Yours is the story of which 
legends are made — a story of 
grace, courage, determination, 
spirit, and pure athletic talent. 
Internationally renowned as a 
runner with Mercury-like speed, 
your accomplishments are as 
remarkable as they are historic. Your superb skill 
as a runner, your discipline, your determination, 
athletic zeal, and generosity of spirit have 
inspired new generations of athletes to follow in 
your footsteps. For all you have brought to the 
sport of running, and the consistently good 
example you set , we salute you. The Board of 
Trustees of Lasell College therefore proudly con- 
fers upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane 
Letters, honoris causa, with all the rights and 
privileges pertaining thereto." *+ 



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Laura Miller '03 Collection Exhibited at 
Bridal Fashion Show 



>PRLNG IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR ALL COLLEGE SENIORS, BUT LAURA 
Miller seemed to be juggling more than most. She had her senior collection shown at the 
Lasell spring fashion show, "Putting on the Glitz," which included nine of her wedding 
dresses and two flower girl dresses; she got married at the end of May (she's now Laura 
Miller Schneider); and on Sunday, June 29, she held her own personal bridal wear fashion 
show at Summer House at Marina Bay, Quincy, MA. 




"I've been pretty exhausted," Laura sighed. "It 
was hard to focus on Marina Bay. The Lasell 
fashion show was a huge project. Not only had 
all of us been working on our senior collections 
for a year, but the show itself lasted for more 
than three hours. There were 14 of us, and we 
each had at least 10 dresses, so the runway was 
very busy and the house was packed." 

After graduation, Laura was able to concen- 
trate on her wedding. "I made my own gown 
and also the six dresses for my bridesmaids. 
People couldn't believe that I had time for this, 
but I find sewing relaxing. I really looked for- 
ward to the work, but I told my fiance that I'd 
be needing plenty of R & R on our honeymoon." 

Laura started sewing at an early age, inspired 
by her mother, who makes bridal wear. "I've 



worked with her over the summers and I bought 
all the materials for my senior collection from 
fabric stores that I'm familiar with in Philadel- 
phia. Seeing what my mother does has made me 
hope to open my own small bridal boutique 
some day." 

Talent runs strong in the Miller family and the 
Marina Bay show displayed Laura's skill and cre- 
ativity as well as her ability to work under pres- 
sure. Just a few days beforehand, she was still 
completing two of her designs as well as working 
in Lasell's Student Financial Planning Office, but 
she seemed unfazed. 

The weather cooperated for Laura's show. It 
was sunny and not too warm as the audience 
gathered under the tent at the Summer House. 
"I was so lucky to have Elie Honein (fashion 



Laura Miller '03 holds one of the wedding dresses that was 
modeled at her Marina Bay show. 



photographer and Lasell faculty member) help 
and back me. He organized the venue, the mod- 
els, the hair styling, the accessories, and the invi- 
tation. There was live music by the Ricky "King" 
Russell Band, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and a 
cash bar." 

Twenty-five of Laura's pieces were modeled. 
"It went wonderfully," smiles Laura. "Some 
prospective brides were in the audience and 
several came up to me after the show to discuss 
the possibility of my making gowns for them. 
Since my dream is to do custom work, I was 
very pleased." 

Lasell College and the Lasell Institute for Fash- 
ion Technology wish Laura every success in her 
future career. **< 



Seniors Honored at Academic Recognition Banquet 

.Tor seniors, their families, and the faculty, the 

Saturday night before graduation holds special significance. It is the 
night when Lasell College acknowledges individuals for their 
academic achievements, and the proud faces and loud applause 
signaled the recognition of the immense effort that these students 
have expended over the past four years. 

This year's event included both book award winners in various programs 

as well as recognition of Lasell College's first Honors Program graduates. 

The Class of 2003 is the first to include Honors Program students, and eleven 

men and women now have the words "Honors Program Graduate" on their 

Lasell transcript. The program was opened to students to raise the level of 

academic discourse and to challenge them 
to achieve excellence both inside and out- 
side of the classroom. 

"If s not the grades that got you here 
this evening; if s the work, the commit- 
ment, the attitude, the motivation, and the 
initiative," said Steven Bloom, dean of the 
School of Arts & Sciences and director of 
General Education and the Honors Pro- 
gram. "You have chosen to be achievers." 
All departments presented their acade- 
mic book awards for excellence, and the 
respect that faculty members have for 
their students was apparent. The remarks 
that Ellen LaBelle, chair of the Hospitality 
Management Program, made regarding 
Lindsey Milheirao '03, the book award 
winner in her department, reflect what all 



BOOK AWARD 2003 RECIPIENTS 


Demise Civetti 


Katie Gerrior 


Douglas Newton 


Michael Conner 


Katrina Hester 


Michael Norton 


Catherine Correia 


Jill Killam 


Rebekah Olson 


Lauren DuFresne 


Frantzces Lys 


David Richard 


Jayme Fleischer 


Lori-Beth Mabie 


Matthew Staley 


Amanda Frenette 


Lindsey Milheirao 


Nicole Sweeten 




HONORS PROGRAM 2003 



Jayme Fleischer 
Amanda Frenette 
Lori-Beth Mabie 
Maura McCarthy 



Elisa McKernan 
Carla Mercurio 
Michael Norton 
Melissa Pante 



Jennifer Stanley 
Nicole Sweeten 
Caitlyn Zmayefski 



Proud Professor Ellen LaBelle presents 
Lindsey Milheirao '03 her book award. 



faculty feel about their recipients. "Lindsey is an outstanding student who 
understands the value of a good education. She gives 110 percent to all she 
attempts to do. She is professional, unpretentious and truly represents a 
Lasell College graduate. I will miss her." 

In summation of the evening, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim 
Ostrow said, "In showcasing these students' academic achievements, we also 
celebrate what we stand for as an institution. This year's book award recipi- 
ents and Honors Program graduates are all wonderful examples of academic 
drive, leadership, and accomplishment within Lasell College's connected 
learning environment. **• 



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20th Century Fashion Students 
Let Their Imaginations Run Wild 

IhE STUDENTS IN PROFESSOR JILL CAREY'S 20TH CENTURY FASHION 
class were able to be creative and let their imaginations run wild this spring with both 
their mid-term and their final project. The end result was two incredible exhibits: "50 
Years of Women's Suits" and "Mod Squad." 



For both shows, Professor Carey was able to 
draw upon the Goodwill Costume collection for 
representational pieces for her students. As 
Rachel Fleischner '04 and Krystle Rowe '04 
explain, "The exhibit shows how much fashion is 
a reflection of the times and the social and eco- 
nomic pressures within each decade." 

For "50 Years of Women's Suits," the students 
worked in teams. They accessorized the garments 
and wrote fictional biographies of the women 
who may have possibly worn this type of cloth- 
ing. The suits covered a time span of 50 years, 
from the transitional suits of the 1930's to the 
power suits of the late 1970' s, and on into the 
early '80's. Some of the designers represented 
were Elizabeth Arden, Jeanne Lanvin, and 
Georgio Armani. 

Over the years, suits went from floral prints, 
to the utility suits of WW II, and on to the more 
feminine and romantic designs that followed the 
war. Hemlines rose and fell and styles varied 



from soft to more masculine as the women's 
movement arrived. Today, most everyone 
has that "little black suit" in her wardrobe. 

"After we had dated the suit that Profes- 
sor Carey gave us, we researched the world 
events that were then occurring and created a 
person who might have worn the garment at that 
time. Making up this character and writing the 
stories that described their lives was great fun," 
says Mary Smyth '04. Titles of the students' 
essays ranged from "Zoot Suit Suitor" to 
"Pretty in Pink." 

The "Mod Squad" exhibit was the final project 
for the 20th Century class. "Because of an intern- 
ship I did this semester at the American Textile 
Museum in Lowell, MA, I was inspired to display 
more of the collection. It was time to move it out 
of storage and put it on view. I was able to do 
this because my students this year were so excep- 
tional," explains Professor Carey. 




For the "Mod Squad" 
were very creative. 



exhibit, students worked in the abstract and 



Once again the class was divided into teams 
and supplied with garments. After researching 
and pinpointing the period of the pieces (all from 
the 1960's and '70's), the students created shoes 
and hairstyles to go along with them. The man- 
nequins were wearing boots, shoes with flowery 
bows, net stockings, and hair bands. "Working in 
the abstract with materials like spray paint, gauze 
and Elmer's glue made it great fun and was a 
new experience," says Mary Smyth. 

Wandering through the Wedeman Gallery 
over Commencement Weekend when both 
shows were up was like traveling back through 
time. The variety of garments was both fascinat- 
ing and fun, along with the stories, accessories, 
and hairstyles that accompanied them. **- 



266 Incoming Students Attend 
June Orientation Sessions 

UrIENTATION IS A TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. IT'S CERTAINLY A TIME 
of excitement for the incoming class and offers them a glimpse of what's to come, both acade- 
mically and socially. On hand to help are the Student Affairs staff, 12 orientation leaders, and 
professors and advisors. 




"We have a lot of ground to cover," says 
Director of Student Activities Anne-Marie 
Kenney. "The students must physically learn 
their way around campus, meet their peers, get 
ready for their academic life with math, comput- 
er, and English testing, and, on the second day, 
sit down with first year advisors and plan out 
their schedules." 

"By the end of orientation, most of the First 
Year Seminars (FYS) were filled," says Director of 
First Year Programs Lisa Harris. "We have made 
a few changes. This year more advisors will be 
teaching their own students in their FYS section 
so that closer ties will be formed, and there will 
be more sections doing electronic portfolios. 

"We have also developed a new program for 
undeclared majors which clusters writing, FYS, 
and a computer course together. By forming this 
learning community, the students will learn what 
their individual styles and interests are and this 
should help them to choose their major." 

Besides academics, through "Life at Lasell" 
skits, the new students discover what they will 



encounter on campus, and what resources are 
available. Topics such as diversity, alcohol aware- 
ness, and campus safety are covered in separate 
sessions. Coaches are available to discuss athletic 
programs and social events, and games are held 
in the evening. 

"Orientation is a way of connecting the new 
students to Lasell," says Anne-Marie. "By getting 
together in small groups of 20 with an orientation 
leader, they have a chance to get to know each 
other in a way thaf s not so overwhelming. We 
hope all new students will use this experience to 
further connect themselves with the institution, 
making the journey to Lasell in the fall one they 
look forward to traveling." 

The student orientation leaders are a dedicated 
group. "This is the third time I've done it," 
exclaims Alyssa Hein '04. "My only regret is that 
I'll be graduating and won't be able to do it again 
next year. I so enjoy easing the nerves of the 
incoming students. I had a great experience dur- 
ing my Lasell orientation and I want others to 
have the same." 




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New students and their orientation leaders get to know 
each other during community-building activities. 



Troy Wall '05 concurs. "I love Lasell and I 
want to show others everything about this col- 
lege. I know I can make a difference. There was a 
girl sitting by herself in the cafeteria and I joined 
her. She was a little stand-offish, but a few days 
later I received an email from her saying that it 
made her realize that meeting new people doesn't 
have to be scary and that when the time came, 
she didn't want to leave." 

From the comments received by Student 
Affairs, it is clear that this year's orientation met 
all expectations. Said one new student, "At first I 
was hesitant about staying the night and the long 
day, but in the end it was worth it and a great 
experience. I feel more confident and comfortable 
with the atmosphere. The staff was very friendly 
and they made me feel at home. Thank you!" >* 



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CAMPUS 




Working with Romanian Orphans 
Is a Life Changing Experience for 
Rebecca Girard '06 

When becc a girard joined a small acting group in danvers her 

senior year in high school, she had no idea where it would lead her. There she met Kim 
Tompkins, who had been a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Romania in the late '90's. 
Because of the friendship they formed, Becca found herself on her way to Bucharest to 
work with children from an orphanage in Beclean in June of 2002. The experience touched 
her so deeply that she returned again this summer. 

"In 1997 and 1998, Kim organized some of her and the many orphaned children are the legacy 

students to mentor orphaned children at a sum- of dictator Nicolae Ceasescu and his wife, Elena, 

mer art camp," explains Becca. "The relationships "There is a strong stigma attached to orphans in 

that were formed were transforming, both for the Romania," says Becca. "If you are homeless you 

neglected children and the mentors. She was are looked down on, and the children that we 

determined to go back and pick up where she worked with were not only abandoned, but also 

left off, and so she organized C.O.P.I.I. (Child had disabilities." 

Outreach Partnership Initiative, Inc.), a non-profit Even though Becca had talked extensively with 

fundraising vehicle." Kim before leaving, she wasn't prepared for her 

"Copii" is the Romanian word for children, emotions when she arrived at the orphanage. 



Full House at Iraq War Debate 

HE TOPIC OF WAR WITH IRAQ AND ITS AFTERMATH HAS CONSUMED THE 
entire nation. On April 7th, as students, Villagers, faculty, and staff poured into de Witt Hall to 
attend a debate on the war, it was apparent that the issue was of immense concern on the Lasell 
campus as well. 

The debate was sponsored by the College's 
Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life and 
featured two distinguished guests. Seth Gitell, the 
national political writer of the Boston Phoenix and 
a regular analyst on New England Cable News' 
public affairs program, NewsNight, represented 
the pro-war side. He exchanged views with Pro- 
fessor Howard Zinn, a historian, playwright, and 
a former professor of Political Science at Boston 
University who is an outspoken anti-war activist. 

Moderated by Professor Linda Bucci, chair of 
the Justice Studies department, the debate raised 
compelling issues on both sides of the argument. 
Each speaker laid out his position on whether or 
not the United States should be at war, and both 
were given the opportunity to respond. The floor 
was then opened for questions, of which there 
were many and they reflected the 
divergent views on campus. Hearing 
the different perspectives made all 
the attendees reflect and converse 
about the actions taken by America 
against Iraq. 

The debate was not the first event 
to afford community discussion about 
the war. On March 4th, a forum with 
a faculty panel was held. Professors 
Brewer Doran, loe Aieta, Timothy 
O'Brien, and Sidney Trantham partici- 
pated and their viewpoints covered a 



that were brought up were the form of the 
post-war Iraqi government, the connection of 
the war to the events of 9/11 and terrorism, 
and the importance to the world of oil from the 
Middle East. 

Some Lasell students are connected personally 
to the war, with friends and relatives stationed 
there. Megan Ryan '06, who has a brother who is 
a jet fighter for the U.S. Navy said, "Having a 
brother who is serving and being among peers 
who are greatly opposed to the war has caused 
me personal confusion." 

Agreement on the war is impossible, but both 
the debate and the forum fostered much interest- 
ing dialogue on campus. One student was heard 
to exclaim while leaving the debate, "Being here 
today made me proud to be at Lasell." >*• 




De Witt Hall was packed as Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Ostrow 
W!de spectrum. Some of the concerns introduced Seth Gitell and Howard Zinn. 




Becca Girard '06 formed a special bond with Flavio, a 10- 
year old Romanian orphan. 

"Seeing the children in person was so different 
from just speaking about what to expect. They 
were all emotionally needy, and as a volunteer 
I instinctively realized that my role was just to 
give these children joy and a chance to come 
into themselves. 

"People always ask me how we communicat- 
ed, but there was never any problem. There are 
so many ways to connect without words. Hugs, 
laughter, and play go a long way." 

After spending a few days in Beclean, Becca 
and the other American volunteers climbed on a 
bus with 30 youngsters, some Romanian high 
school student mentors, the caretakers from the 
orphanage, and a few of the children's school 
teachers. "There was tremendous anticipation," 
recalls Becca. "The children had never been to 
camp before and they had been saving any new 
clothes they had for the occasion." 

After seven hours, the bus arrived in the 
mountainous Bucovina region. "The living condi- 
tions at the camp were far from luxurious, but it 
was so special for the children to be able to run, 
release their energy, have fresh food, and just 
enjoy themselves. Each child got individual atten- 
tion and they all blossomed. I remember one girl 
with Down Syndrome who stunned her teachers 
when she announced she could keep up, and she 
did even better than that. Apparently, by build- 
ing on her camp experience, this has been a won- 
derful year for her." 

COP.I.I. took the same 30 children plus 10 
more to the Black Sea this summer. Before 
departing, Becca said, "This year I know what to 
expect and have a better idea of what to do. I've 
been working out a curriculum and thought it 
would be fun for the children to make instru- 
ments out of anything they can find. That way 
they will have something to take home with 
them when camp ends." 

Becca has been involved in service work for a 
long time and is a Human Services major at 
Lasell. She participated in America Reads at her 
high school, worked at a homeless shelter, volun- 
teered at a Salem senior center, and is a relief 
worker at the Charles River Arc, a home for 
adults with mental illness. "If s a life calling for 
me and my experiences with the Romanian chil- 
dren will affect me forever. I very much look for- 
ward to getting involved in service-learning this 
year at Lasell." >»- 



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2003 Edition of The Gestalt Is the Biggest 
and Best Yet 

1 HE THIRD YEAR OF THE LASELL GESTALT LITERARY MAGAZINE IS THE 
best yet," according to faculty advisor Mimi Reddicliffe, chair of the Humanities 
Department. This year's Gestalt includes the poetry, prose, and illustrations of 30 
members of the Lasell community. Most of the contributors are students, but Professor 
David Carlson's haiku and Village resident Dottie Lappen's poetry are represented. 



The Gestalt was first published in 2000 when 
Joel Ohren, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, 
mentioned to Brian Frail '04, a freshman in his 
Writing 101 class, that Lasell lacked a literary 
magazine. "With some persuasion, I decided to 
take on the challenge. I had never started any- 
thing, and there were many ups and downs," 
recalls Brian. 

A mass email was sent out and gradually the 
journal began to emerge. At the suggestion of 
Assistant Professor Sandy McElroy, the journal 
was given the name The Gestalt. As stated in the 
journal's mission statement, "Gestalt is the Ger- 
man word for 'whole,' and our group's aim is to 
create a place where the whole community can 
get involved. The theme of this journal is carried 
on to try and unite all arts." 



After a year, Brian Frail decided to step down 
(he is currently serving as the Editor of 1851, the 
recently launched student newspaper) and was 
extremely wise in his choice of Tracey Maloney 
'04 as his successor. "I picked Tracey because she 
came to every meeting, put in an enormous 
amount of effort, and she had journalistic experi- 
ence in high school. She's a Legal Studies Major 
with a real passion for writing." 

Tracey has been Editor-in-Chief ever since but is 
careful not to take all the credit for the journal's 
success. "I have a lot of help from the team. Albert 
Dee '04, Amy Perry '04, Michelle Sennet '04, Zam 
Monterrosa '04, Ginnie Chow '04, Liz McKeon '06, 
and Aida Mejia '06, have devoted an enormous 
amount of time and energy to gathering material 
and putting together a publication of interest to 
the entire Lasell community," she says. 




At the moment, the board has decided to limit 
The Gestalt to a yearly endeavor. "Hopefully, as 
financing issues are resolved, the journal will con- 
tinue to grow and expand," Tracey says. "For a 
small college, a large number of Lasell students 
write not only for classes, but for pleasure." 

Poetry is the most popular form of writing in 
the journal, and readers can enjoy a tremendous 
range of style. For more information about The 
Gestalt or to receive a copy, send an email to 
lasellgestalt@hotmail.com. **• 



Winslow Family Celebrates its 100th Anniversary 

Ihe winslow family has played a significant role in the history and 

development of Lasell College. Dr. Guy M. Winslow came to Auburndale Female Seminary 
as a science teacher in 1898 and purchased the school from Dr. Bragdon in 1908. His tenure 
at the venerable school lasted until his retirement in 1947, one year shy of half a century. 
Despite a world torn by two world wars and a major economic depression during Dr. 
Winslow's term as leader of Lasell, enrollments continued to rise and its reputation nation- 
ally — and even internationally — grew ever stronger. 

"On Wednesday morning, June 10, 1903, 
in Barton Landing (later Orleans), Vermont, a 
young couple was married in the home on the 
bridge, high on the hill overlooking the village 
in the valley. 

Judge Orlo Henry Austin's eldest 
daughter, Clara, was marrying Guy Monroe 
Winslow, youngest son of the late Dr. 
James M. Winslow, of the even smaller 
village, nearby Brownington. For the third 
time within three years, "the scene of a 
quiet wedding," in the words of the local 
newspaper, was the Austin home. More 
unusual was this additional sentence in 
the news account: 

"In each case the contracting parties 
were from the same families." Guy's older 
brother, Evelyn James Winslow, had mar- 
ried Clara's younger sister, Emma Austin, 
and Guy's and E.J.'s step-brother, Clyde 
("Burt" ) Ordway, had married Clara's 
even younger sister, Helen Austin. *+ 



The Winslow family celebrated its 100th 
anniversary on June 10. What follows is a brief 
excerpt from "Marriage and the Grand Tour in 
1903 (From the Diaries of Guy and Clara)," by 
their son, Donald J. Winslow. 




Funding Sought for 
Honors Students 

Last spring, four senior Honors students 
attended the Northeast National Collegiate 
Honors Council annual conference in Gettys- 
burg, PA, where they presented the Honors 
project they had been working on with Profes- 
sor Jill Carey of the Fashion Department. The 
students represented Lasell extraordinarily 
well, and it was a great experience for them, 
as well as an opportunity to showcase Lasell's 
connected learning philosophy in action. 
The cost of sending these four students to 
Gettysburg for three nights was $500 each, 
and through the generous donations of 
Trustees Sally Andrews and Priscilla Glidden 
and Overseer Robin Parry, Lasell was able to 
provide this educational opportunity for the 
students. This year the NE-NCHC conference 
is in Hartford, CT, and Lasell would like to 
have a group of Honors students present 
their work there. The reduced transportation 
costs will save approximately $200 per stu- 
dent, so for approximately the same amount 
of money ($2100), the College could send seven 
students to Hartford. There are 15 seniors in 
the Honors capstone course, and the goal is to 
make this opportunity available to all of them, 
requiring $4500. For more information on how 
you can sponsor an Honors student, please 
call Ruth Shuman at (617) 243-2140 or email 
Rshuman@lasell.edu. >*• 



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EDITOR'S NOTE: In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy of 
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tent of each entry and is not responsible for erroneous material. 

Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, in general, we do not publish future 
events, but will be delighted to announce weddings and those events that have already 
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1930's 



1933 

"Hello to everyone," writes Amorette Larchar Skilton. 
"After a hip replacement and heart attack, I am busy with 
rehab." 

Louise Newell Audette says, "I keep active by exercis- 
ing three times a week at Curves and doing water exercises 
at the Y. I still drive around town but depend on my sister 
for trips back to New Hampshire and Rhode Island to see 
grandchildren." Louise blew out the candles on her 90th 
birthday cake in April. 

Our sincere condolences to Ruth Stafford Clark whose 
cousin, Constance Allen Dunbar '18, died in October 2002. 
Constance was 105 years old. Ruth writes, "All good wish- 
es for a great 70th reunion. I have just recovered from 
pneumonia and am soon to go home from the hospital." 

We were sorry to hear that Barbara Stover Van De 
Bogert's husband passed away in July 2000. After his 
death, Barbara moved from Maine to California to be near 
her daughter and family. Barbara recalls, "We had a great 
class. While at Lasell, they passed a rule that the nearest 
place anyone could smoke was a mile or more away. Time 
marches on." Barbara's son authored the book, "Innocence 
and Outrage," a true story of a survivor of sexual abuse. 

1934 

Mabelle Hickcox Camp writes, "I am enjoying life. 
They keep us busy with lectures, musicals, movies and 
weekly trips. Sorry I won't make reunion, but I only drive 
locally." 

1935 

From an assisted-living facility in Alabama, Margaret 
Weber Hodges writes, "I am 88 years old and have a great- 
granddaughter and great-grandson. I miss New England 
every day." 

7936 

Our sincere condolences to Marjorie Reed Colley 
whose husband died in December 2002. Marjorie plans to 
sell her Florida home and return to Cape Cod to be near 
family. She says, "Maybe I will be able to attend my 70th 
reunion." 

Georgianna Taber Cotter says, "Hello to all who know 
me." Georgianna has been a volunteer in her town of 
Taunton, MA for over 30 years, and is active in her church 
and various clubs. 

1938 

"My memories of Lasell, which go back to 1924 at Lasell 
Seminary, are vivid," writes Virginia Amesbury Stone, 
"but my loss of eyesight and travails with cancer prevented 
me from returning for our 65th." 




"I shall not be attending reunion this year. I wish my 
classmates all the best and will be thinking of you," writes 
Adele Brown Lett. 

Connie Hatch Herron says, "The joy that my son is 
returning to Maine after an army career takes some of the 
sting out of having lost both of my sisters in 2002." 

"When I graduated in '38 and looked at the alums, I 
said,T will never come back when I'm that age,'" admits 
Florence Kent Parks. "Famous last words. I'm so glad I 
made it and attended our 65th reunion." 

Dorothy Keyes says, "I will miss Betty Jackson 
Dunning at reunion as she passed away this winter. We 
attended our 50th together." 

"I have had one year in a senior residence in Illinois 
and like it," says Elizabeth Lloyd Fritch. "My younger 
daughter and her family live two miles away." 

Our sincere condolences to Eleanore Loeffler Olsen 
whose husband died in November 2002. Eleanore moved to 
Stamford, CT, and hopes to hook up with other '38ers in 
the area. 

Our sincere condolences to Arlene Wishart Sylvester 
whose companion died in June 2003. 

1939 

Frances Shepard Pilkington heard from classmates 
Barbara Small Walsh and Ellen Stoll Belbruno. Frances 
says, "Happy to hear they are well, and we plan to get 
together soon." 

"I am proud of Lasell," writes Allison Starr Elrod. 
Allison keeps in touch with Jessie Page Corey and 
Sarajenny Annis Stout. She is involved with the historical 
society and is a member of P.E.O. 



1940's 



1940 

"We are aging but doing nicely," writes Frances Britton 
Holden. Frances has eight grandkids and two great-gTand- 
kids. 

Peg Gibb Jackson is getting around in a wheelchair 
these days and has hopes of getting an electric chair. She 
had a leg removed because of an infection after double 
knee replacements. 

Our sincere condolences to Jean Hale Pierce, whose 
husband died in January 1999. Jean says, "I look back over 
my happy years at Lasell and wonder where time has 
gone." Jean lives in New Hampshire where "I am blessed 
by family, three sons, and grandchildren nearby." 

"Visiting friends and family at my home in beautiful 
Laguna Beach (CA) keeps me happy and busy," writes 
Lucy Harrison Eimer. 

1941 

"I think of my Lasell friends and classmates," writes 
Geraldine Bixby Averill. 

Constance King Barnes enjoys living in the same com- 
plex as Lydia Barnes Smith '35. "We get together often." 

"Lasell still holds a special place in my heart," writes 
Louise Lorion DeVries. "My first year was spent in 
Bragdon where we had a swimming pool. I was president 
of the senior class. I am amazed and thrilled at the many 
advances the College has made under President de Witt." 
Louise has lived in California for over 50 years. "What 
wonderful weather we enjoy year-round." She and her hus- 
band have been married for 61 years. 

Widowed in 2000, Dorothy Macomber Vannah says, "I 
downsized to a friendly, busy retirement community. After 
62 years, I had lunch with Mary Doig Nicholson. She 
looked just the same and is a lot keener than I." 

Our sincere condolences to Marjorie Morss Smith 
whose son, Kendall, died of pancreatic cancer in January 
2003. 



1942 

"I still hear from some of my classmates at Christmas 
time. It means a lot to me," says Elizabeth Allen. 

After 26 years in New England, Dorothy French Lally 
moved to a retirement facility in Maryland, near her 
daughter and family. 

Margot Moore Harley is happy in an assisted-living 
facility in Falmouth, MA. "I love the Cape. There is so 
much to see and do." 

"Since I've been in slow health for the past year, I no 
longer winter in Florida," writes Sally Nolan Williams. "I 
save my vacations for children, grandchildren and greats." 

1943 

"I could not make reunion because my grandson was 
graduating from college that weekend," writes Frances 
Beebe Jones. Frances still spends summers in "beautiful 
Vermont." 

"Still living in Arizona in the winter and Vermont in the 
summer. A great way to retire," says Patricia Bixby 
McHugo. 

Margaret Bosworth Logee and her husband celebrated 
their 60th wedding anniversary in July with "our six chil- 
dren, 15 grands, and four great-grands." 

Frances Church Deering participates in church activi- 
ties, plays bridge, walks two miles a day (weather-permit- 
ting), goes to the movies, and sees her two sons, despite 
some minor physical problems this year. 

"Hard to believe 60 years have gone by," writes Jane 
Cook Cardoza. "Wish I could attend reunion, but circum- 
stances prevent it. Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes 
to all." 

Barbara Dernier Epps says, "I have been married 60 
years, have three children, six grandchildren, and have 
lived in Columbus (OH) for 40 years. We have traveled to 
Europe, Asia, and played lots of golf." 

Our sincere condolences to Ann Preuss Gillerlain 
whose husband, William, died in December 2002. Ann is 
still doing horticulture therapy at a care center and paint- 
ing in acrylics. 




Priscilla Spence Hall sings barbershop (chorus and 
quartet) with the Harmony Sound Waves. "We won recog- 
nition at a recent competition in Jacksonville." 

Elaine Towne Burlingame was sorry she couldn't 
make reunion but had two major events in May — her 
granddaughter's wedding and grandson's college gradua- 
tion. "Thaf s about all I can handle. Have a wonderful 
reunion." 

Volunteering, her church and her grandchildren keep 
Carol Wadhams Wolcott busy. She also enjoys travel and 
summers at the beach. 

Anne Nancy Wells Harris says, "It was a memorable 
alumni event at the Melbourne (FL) zoo in March. After 
lunch, President de Witt gave a presentation of happenings 
at Lasell." 



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1944 

"Looking forward to the 60th reunion and hope we 
have a great turnout," writes Edna Barker Nelson. 

Our sincere condolences to Betty Fleer Cooper on the 
death of her husband, Ronald. 

Carol Hill Hart's trip to the west included Utah, Idaho, 
Wyoming, and South Dakota. Highlights were the scenic 
beauty of the national parks and rafting on the Snake River. 

Claire LeComte Roy invites her Lasell friends to stop 
by the St. Joan of Arc parish in Orleans (on Cape Cod) 
where her son is pastor. 

Frances Pariseau Ouellette can't believe her grandson 
is graduating college. "How time flies." 

Alice Sears Laycock has five children, 15 grandchil- 
dren, and six greats. 

A bit of philosophy from Dorothy Tobin Staf tier: 
"Whether uphill or downhill, life's been a great run!" 

1945 

Our sincere condolences to Terry Bergeron-Hoyt who 

lost the last living member of her family, a brother, in 
March. Terry writes, "I had a busy year. I sold my Florida 
home and moved to three different locations in three 
months. Hi to all my classmates." 

"Wasn't sure I would like the new Lasell, but I love 
what's been happening there," writes Hope Daigneault 
Pezzullo. "We are still having a lark here in Florida." 

Marjory Dillon Ramsdell and her husband sold their 
Boothbay Harbor, ME summer home and live year-round 
in Sarasota, FL. She says, "I continue to visit Rosamond 
McCorkindale Blizard and Doris "Wink" Winkemeier 
Dieffenbach annually. 

From Delray Beach, Lee Gamble Stanley writes, "I 
would love to hear from or see any of my classmates who 
might remember me, especially Ellie and Fran." Lee is 
"enjoying life," plays tennis, swims, and is active in her 
church. She has lived in Florida for 17 years. She raised 
three children (one is deceased), has four grandchildren 
and one great-grandson. 

Shirley Cleason keeps up with all of the groups 
and associations to which she belongs and is enjoying 
retirement. 

1946 

"After 58 years in Maryland, I returned to my roots on 
Cape Cod," writes Doris Crocker Easter. 

Our sincere condolences to Lucille Sahakian Davies, 
whose husband, David, died in November 2002. Lucille 
became a great-grandmother in October. 

"Still active in all my clubs," writes Barbara Weeks 
Dow, "and take day and overnight trips with a group." 
Barbara and her husband often go ballroom dancing. 

1947 

Jean Christiansen Maloney is proud that her son and 
his wife had their fifth children's book published. 



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Since her husband's death, Dorothy Papani Palmer has 
taken over the chairmanship of the company. She says, "I 
still have my studio and paint when time permits. I contin- 
ue to live on Nantucket Island seasonally." 

1948 

"I am enjoying retirement because I am able to spend 
more time with family, grandchildren and friends," writes 
Joanne Bossi True. "I also love helping elementary school 
children with reading and am the children's librarian at my 
church. Tai chi and watercolor painting are also part of my 
life." Joanne says one of the best things to happen this past 
year was getting in touch with Ruth Hilton, who now lives 
in Oklahoma. 

In November, Virginia Bowers Noyes became a great- 
grandmother. She says, "It is hard to believe. I don't feel 
that old." Virginia enjoyed a big family reunion for her 
mother's 100th birthday in which five generations were 
present. 



CLASS OF 1948 



band," writes June Gray Taylor. 

Norma Pickett Wise enjoyed a visit from Vicky Stone 
Leary. "We drove to Savannah, Hilton Head, and Beaufort, 
SC. It is a beautiful old area with lots of history. We had a 
great time." 

Eleanor Ritchie Elmore says trips to Boston and NYC 
keep her busy. 





Mini-renion on June 17, 2003 at the home of Lee Pool Langley in NH. 
Back row (L to R) Judy Greenough Udaloy, Anne Blake Perkins, Moo 
Ross Benshimol, Joan Hanson Blake, Ginny Terhune Hersom and Lee 
Pool Langley. Front row (L to R) Lynn Blodgett Williamson, Nan 
Somerville Blowney, Done Crathern French, Phyl Paige Downes, Lee 
Parker McBurnie. 



From California, Thea Chung Lang writes that she and 
her husband enjoyed their twice-annual vacation on the 
Pebble Beach peninsula. 

In 2002, Betty MacNeil Lentini and her husband cele- 
brated their 50th anniversary with their five children and 
five grandchildren. Betty says, "I am active in many ways 
so that I stay young." Two of Betty's daughters, Nina 
Lentini Norman '73 and Marianne Lentini '83, graduated 
from Lasell. 

"I enjoy reading Class Notes and finding out about the 
ladies in my class," writes Jean Morgan Koenitzer. Jean is 
busy with community causes such as Habitat for Humanity, 
spousal abuse, and migrant workers, to name a few. 



Anne Chapman Berl hoped to make it to her 55th 
reunion. "Would like to catch up with some of my 
classmates." 

Our sincere condolences to Hazel Comeau Hicks, whose 
husband of 52 years died last year. Hazel says, "My time is 
taken up with my great-grandchildren and some traveling. I 
am blessed with good health, friends, and family." 

Florence Keeney Havens is busy with church work, 
sewing for foster children, knitting caps for newborns, 
serving on several committees, and being a literacy volun- 
teer. She says, "It is a challenge to teach my student, a 
Spanish-speaking woman, to speak, read, and write in 
English." 

"Enjoying my home and my husband's retirement. Best 
to everybody," writes Martha Kennedy Ingersoll. 

"Sorry I can't be there for our 55th. Getting a new right 
knee in May. Best to everyone in our class," writes Lois 
McLucas Martin. 

Ann Myers Beck reports, 'Took a 
wonderful 7-day Caribbean cruise with 
all my sons. It was the first time we were 
all together in many years. A week to 
remember." 

"Can't believe I'm a great-grand- 
mother of two. If s wonderful to be here 
to enjoy them. Love to everyone from 
Lasell," writes Barbara Nielsen Cram. 

Barbara Pinney Burnham plays lots 
of golf and bridge. 

Dorothea Piranian congratulates 
Jeanne Meyer Bird on her 50th wedding 
anniversary. Dorothea also keeps in 
touch with Ruth Hilton who lives in 
Oklahoma. 

Jean Place Nichols has been retired 
for 13 years. She enjoys reading, needle- 
work, and golf. Jean says, "My husband 
and I enjoy good health and travel as 
much as possible." 

From New Hampshire, June Smith 
Noreen writes, "Still enjoying life, ski- 
ing, weaving, and volunteering. 

"Life in retirement continues to be 
busy with grandchildren, golf, and ten- 
nis," writes Judy Tracy Shanahan. 
"As reunion liaison, I was pleased to hear from many '48 
classmates." 

"Sorry I am unable to join you at reunion but am in the 
process of arranging for total knee replacement. I look for- 
ward to all reunion pictures and news," writes Doris 
Trefny Iandoli. Regarding a call to Irnia Lipsitt Wolfe, 
Doris says, "It was great to speak to an old friend." 

Ann Truex Dickinson writes, "We had a wonderful 
visit with Charlotte Guptill Norcross and her husband in 
March at their home in Naples (FL). 

1949 

"Still enjoying retirement and traveling with my hus- 



1950's 



1950 

"I'm fortunate to still be kicking the gong around at age 
72," writes Eleanor Barton. Eleanor is busy with house ren- 
ovations and staying in touch with Lasell friends: Naomi, 
Carme, Sally, Joanie, and Harriet. 

Virginia Hopson Griffin is a docent at the Roger Tory 
Peterson Institute and at the Robert Jackson Center in 
Jamestown (NY). She says, "I would be happy to guide 
anyone through either of these interesting places. People 
come from all over the world to see them." 

Bunny Judd Hayes and her husband celebrated their 
52nd anniversary. 

Our sincere condolences to Ariel Leonard Robinson 
whose husband, William, died in December 2001. Last 
summer, Ariel visited Barbara Chipman Will. 

Marion Ribarich Connick keeps in touch with Pat 
Lynch O'Brien, and they both sent congratulatory notes to 
Joanne Kelley Peters, who celebrated her 50th wedding 
anniversary in May. Marion and her husband spend win- 
ters in Florida. She says, "It was a big thrill shopping for a 
prom dress with my first-born grandchild." 

Astrid Selander Fowler chaired a dinner dance at a 
club in Newport, RI, the proceeds of which went to provide 
funds for the arts for public school children. 

Beverly Walker Ward says, "Our critter-sitting busi- 
ness is doing great. We are now in our 6th year." Beverly 
celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary in January, has 
four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

On a trip around New England, Mary Frances Wheeler 
McKinley stopped by the Lasell College Alumni Affairs 
Office. She said, 'It was the first time I had been back since 
graduation. I was totally lost." Mary Frances stays in touch 
with Clarke friends, Pat Sickley Hulce and Helen Graham 
Gordon. 

1951 

Carol Bancroft was the featured guest speaker at the 
Society of Illustrators in NYC in April, sponsored by the 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Carol's 
company (in Connecticut) represents over 30 illustrators to 
publishers of children's materials. 

Lucille Chase Oldham is enjoying retirement. She says, 
"We have three grandchildren who are active in sports, so 
we are busy watching their games and trying to keep up 
with them. Lucille still hears from Margi Dodd Schmidt 
and Jean Kilgore Owen. In the winter, Lucille heads down 
to Bradenton, FL. 

Our sincere condolences to Edna Duge Watson, whose 
husband died in 1997. Edna works in the finance depart- 
ment and customer service for Visiting Nurse and Hospice 
Care in Stamford, CT. She has two grandchildren and trav- 
els when she can. 

Lois Hutchinson Woodward has five grandchildren. 

Barbara Jankowski Rusch went on a 5-day shopping 
trip to Ireland with 43 ladies and traveled to Hawaii with 
her 17-year-old granddaughter. "Great fun." 

"Fifty-three of us — including children, stepchildren, 
grandchildren, step-grandchildren — are going on a 
Caribbean cruise. What a circus," says Arlene Kelly 
Erdman. 

Having spent two months in the hospital, Barbara 
McRoberts Collingwood is hoping to be well enough to 
celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. 

Betty Lou Shattuck Musser suffered a stroke in March, 
effecting only her eyes, and is recovering well. She sends 
her best to all at Lasell. 

1952 

In November, Nancy Allen Banks celebrated her 50th 
wedding anniversary. She says, "Our four daughters host- 
ed a catered party for 150 people, including our eight 
grandchildren. It was a meaningful and memorable time 
for us." 

"Great reunion last year, except for the rain," says Alice 
Baker Alexander. "Enjoyed seeing and trying to recognize 
all my old (no pun intended) classmates, even meeting 
some I'd never known before. The campus is the same, but 
not the same (which is comforting)." 

"Our reunion was great except for the rain. Looking 
forward to my summer on the Cape and visiting with 
Bunny Clark Green and other Lasell friends," writes Mary 
Ann DeDominicis Ciccio. 

"I've been selling real estate for 30 years now," writes 
Marianna Firebaugh Burgund. Last year Marianna trav- 



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eled from her home in Florida to South Africa. Marianna 
went to Lasell's 150th celebration and to the alumni lun- 
cheon at the zoo in Melbourne, FL in March. "They were 
both great." 

Dottie Mulhere Barrett plans to attend her twin grand- 
daughters' high school graduation. Then she is heading on 
to Gettysburg, PA to the Boyd's Bears new flagship store 
because she is a collector. She writes, "Old and sick as I am, 
I still teach swimming." 




Girtny Snedaker Marschall '52 with husband, Kurt, 
and Phyllis Gleason Riley '52 with husband, Tad, in 
California. Ginny and Phyllis had a wonderful visit 
and enjoyed getting caught up on their lives. 



1953 

An update from Mary Blackham Kelly: I'm getting 
married after having been widowed since 2000, and I love 
living on the Cape." 

In her church, Priscilla Boggs Killian sings in the choir 
and plays the hand-bells. Her hobbies include golf, swim- 
ming, gardening, and reading. Priscilla has two grandchil- 
dren. 

It has just come to our attention that Molly Bondareff 
Krakauer's husband, Charlie, died in 1988. Molly has 12 
grandchildren and is an academic administrator in the 
African and Afro- American studies department at Brandeis 
University. In 1996 she received a B.A. with honors in 
English and American Literature from Brandeis. 

"Sorry not to be able to make it to reunion," writes Eva 
Bunzel Bulman. 'Timing is bad for me as we spend July 
through September in Vermont and winters in Savannah. 
Life is good." 

Mary Florence Burke Brinn is still selling real estate in 
Ohio, enjoying her eight grandchildren and volunteering. 
She celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary. Vacations 
included Naples, FL, and Brewster on the Cape. 

Sally Churchill Lowell says she has so many wonder- 
ful personal highlights that it would take a book to men- 
tion them all. 

Elinor Cohen Goldman had a new grandson born in 
February 2003. 

Connie Cullman Broderick is enjoying retirement in 
Savannah. She says, "We have nine grandchildren. Great 
fun." 

"After not seeing each other for 10 years," writes Diane 
Cueny Harden, "spending reunion weekend with my 
roommate, Steffie Wennberg Conkling, is the highlight of 
my year." Since retiring to Tampa, Diane gets to visit with 
Jean Weeks Hanna, "my next-door neighbor in Bragdon." 

"Congratulations to the 50th reunion graduates!" writes 
Edith Davis Nixon. "I enjoyed sending photo mailings to 
the Briggs gals and enjoyed their letters. Happiness and 
good health to all." 

Louise Dawe Turner says, "We moved to a beautiful 
townhouse in a new "over-55 community." I am still 
working in real estate. My husband has been ill the past 
few years and has had several strokes." 

"Just retired," writes Marie DiSilva Stocki. "Enjoying 
life and trying to stay healthy." 

Kathryn Dolan says her volunteer work at the New 
Hampshire State Prison for Women is rewarding. 

Evelyn Earle Lukeman was sorry to miss reunion. 
"Fifty years doesn't seem possible. I will always have lots 
of special memories of my two years at LJC." 

Shirley Gibbons San Soucie spends most of the year in 
Florida but heads for Martha's Vineyard each summer. Her 
daughter and two granddaughters recently moved near 
her home in Florida. She says, "I enjoy attending basketball 
games and horse shows with them." 

Janet Gleason Nolan writes, "Just began a new job 
helping older folks, which category I'm not in yet (well, 
maybe tripping over the edge of it). Thanks to my Lasell 



business math teacher, Miss May, I'm working with people 
for whom math is a foreign language." 

Barbara Howell is a member of the Wayland,MA con- 
servation commission and is a volunteer for an urban edu- 
cation program. She is also a birder. 

Jody Humphrey Bryant lives in the Palm Springs area 
in California. In 1974, she graduated from college as a res- 
piratory care practitioner. 

Althea Janke Gardner and her husband will be cele- 
brating their 48th anniversary in November. She says, "We 
are grandparents of 10 little perfects." About reunion 
Althea says, "It was a marvelous 50th reunion." 

"Life is good here in the mountains of western North 
Carolina," writes Elsie Knaus Klemt, "and even better in 
Maine, where I spend summers being nana to my grand- 
daughter." About reunion, Elsie says, "We 50th reunioners 
surely did have fun. It was a great weekend. The memories 
are still casting a warm glow over me." 

Betsy Keys Gage enjoyed visiting her sister in Florida 
where it was 95 degrees compared to the two feet of snow 
she left behind in New Jersey. "We also enjoy our summer 
home in Quebec." 

"Moved to a retirement community in December," says 
Carol Lindstrom Jobes. "We have three sons, five grand- 
children, and do some traveling." 

June Martin Godfrey is retired, travels, bikes, and 
plays lots of golf, tennis, and bridge. She spends summers 
in Falmouth, MA and winters on Sanibel, FL. She has five 
grandchildren. About reunion, June says, "It was a great 
weekend. The Class of 1953 really felt special. I had a great 
time." 

Pat Mitchel Foster has four sons and six grandchildren. 
Living in Andover, MA for the past 21 years, Carol 
Moriarty Phleger says, "My husband and I are enjoying 
these special years and remain active and healthy. I still 
enjoy golf, skiing, and ice-skating. Our three children and 
five grandchildren live nearby, and we treasure our time 
together. Our love for travel continues. Our most recent 
trip was aboard a sailing ship from Malta to Rome. Best 
regards to all my classmates." 

Our sincere condolences to Greta Nilsson Masson 
whose husband died two years ago. Now retired, Greta 
keeps busy with gardening, flower arranging, doing photo 
and house styling and, most recently, sailing. Her children 
live nearby. 

Betty Lou Page met up with Velma Field Gallegos in 
Costa Rica and visited with Virginia Faesy. 

Myrna Pasternak Kahan was sorry she wasn't able to 
make reunion but suggests that her Connecticut classmates 
call her so they can make arrangements to meet. 

"I've lived in Texas for 26 years and recently moved 
into a new house," writes Jan Pearson Hauck. Jan is an 
avid duplicate bridge player, spends time with family and 
friends, and has four "wonderful" grandchildren. 

Sylvia Pf eif f er Nesslinger says, "I was married during 
my second year of Lasell — the first student to do this in 
the history of the College. Thus, January 24, 2003 was the 
day to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary." Sylvia has 
three children and two nieces, as pre-teens, who became 
part of their family. She now has 10 grandchildren. Since 
her husband's retirement, she is busier than ever. Sylvia 
says, "Reunion was a great occasion. I am so thankful I was 
able to attend and see Lasell in a whole new light, and, of 
course, to revisit lovely memories with friends from 
bygone years." 

"Still keeping busy with family (three married children, 
seven grandkids), friends, volunteer things, and tennis," 
says Jeanette Roberts Mann. "I'm in touch via e-mail with 
roommates Betty Anne Nuovo Johnson and Louise Dawe 
Turner, and with Althea Janke Gardner, Bunny Coats 
Stryeski and Audrey Thompson Rielle, long-time trea- 
sured friends." About reunion, Jeannette says, "I had a 
wonderful time." 

"Enjoyed our 50th reunion," writes Donna Ross 
Hurley. "It was great to see so many classmates, and Bravo 
Broadway was outstanding." 

Mary Thomas Justice moved to Florida to live close to 
her youngest daughter and granddaughters. "Still busy 
getting settled and finding my way around." 

"After 40 years at the same address, we moved to 
Jupiter, FL," writes Audrey Thompson Rielle. Audrey has 
five grandchildren. 

Bev Thornton Hallowell was so excited about the 50th 
reunion. Bey's four daughters and 10 grandchildren are 
busy and happy. 

"I was so sorry to miss our 50th reunion," writes Joy 
Ufford Penderville, "but was visiting our youngest daugh- 
ter and family in Armenia." 

"Retirement in Falmouth, MA has been wonderful," 
writes Shirley Vara Gallerani. Shirley is president of the 
newcomer's club and sits on the hospital auxiliary board of 
directors. "We love to travel and see our nine grandchil- 
dren." Regarding reunion, Shirley says, "What a great 
weekend. Everything was so well planned and executed." 

Jean Weeks Hanna sold her home in Connecticut and 
is now a Horida resident. 

Mary Wellington McKoan says, "I am sorry not to 



attend reunion. Have a wonderful time." 

"To my fellow 1953 classmates, cheers and good wishes 
on the celebration of our 50th reunion," writes Virginia 
Wilder Melitz. 

1954 

Mary Atterbury Bradshaw says she is doing more trav- 
eling in her 12 years of retirement than when she worked 
for the airlines. She is now a justice of the peace as well as 
active in politics and church. Mary often sees Nancy 
Swanson Horsfield. 

"I will be moving to Wellfleet on Cape Cod full-time 
this summer," writes Nancy Atwood Cook. 

"I love living on a lake, traveling, and being with our 
five grandchildren," says Ann Chidsey Moebius. 

Susan Johnson Keane plays in three golf leagues and 
has "seven wonderful grandchildren." 

Jean Lowcock Nalibow is the former area staff director 
of AARP. Each of her six children has a mate, and Jean has 
18 grandchildren. 

Lynn Marino Zentmaier enjoyed her cousin's wedding 
in Germany and continued on a 12-day tour of France. 

"Nine wonderful grandchildren all living within five 
miles of us in New Jersey," writes Carole Mattucci Wall. 
Carole plays lots of golf and has a busy life. She has homes 
in New Jersey, Florida, and on Cape Cod. 

From New Jersey, Nancy Perry Voll writes, 
"Roommate Lynn Marino Zentmaier lives nearby. We 
often meet for lunch or a day outing. We miss having our 
other roommate, Joan Rabbitt Downey (in Connecticut), 
join us." 

"Looking forward to next year's reunion — our 50th," 
writes Nancy Swanson Horsfield. 

1955 

"Busy marketing my first book and working on the 
next," writes Judith Bowen Horky. Judith enjoys six 
grandkids, golf, and Kauai once in a while. 

Anne Cranton Mix writes, "Helping Habitat for 
Humanity, traveling, and living on the Cape keep me busy 
and happy. Our three girls have produced 15 grandchil- 
dren." 

"Spent the winter in our Florida home," says JoAnne 
DiPietro DiMarco. "Went to the alumni event in Delray. 
Have not seen any of my classmates at these luncheons." 

Elaine Gaysunas Coppinger moved to the Cape and is 
enjoying retirement. 

Nancy Goodman Cobin saw Bobbie Jennings in 
Hawaii. "She looks the same, and it was fun talking over 
old times." 

Lucille Marden Randall travels to the states of Florida 
and Washington for salmon fishing. She also enjoys camp- 
ing in her motor home. She has five great-grandchildren. 

Marilyn Meyer Herlin enjoyed a wonderful visit with 
her college roommate, Valerie Montanez Barto, in 
Horida." 

Jean Ryder Tyler traveled to Orlando to visit friends 
and Carson City, NV, to visit family. She says, "My grand- 
daughter lives with me (in Ohio) while she attends college. 
It is fun to see how college has changed." 

Maxine Seidel Lyle says that lunch with Janet Holmes 
Murphy and overnight visits with Suke Thomas Wiard 
give her a feeling that she is keeping up with Lasell. 
Maxine has two granddaughters. 

1956 

Dorothy Craig Kochli loves the Augusta, GA/Aiken, 
SC area and discovered that her neighbor graduated from 
Lasell. 

Sandra Davis Hudson's husband is doing great after 
bypass surgery. Sandra spends winters in Arizona and 
summers in Maine. This past summer she flew back to 
Arizona for her oldest grandson's wedding. 

About her move to Brewster (Cape Cod) last July, Terry 
Kilgore Mannix says, "I really love it here. The snow is 
wonderful and so are the spring flowers. Visitors are wel- 
come." 

"Sold our house in New York, kept a cottage for the 
summer, and moved to Arizona to enjoy hiking, riding, 
golf, painting, and the natural beauty of the desert," writes 
Carol Phalen Swiggett. 

Congratulations to Katharine Taft on her induction 
into the Second Wind Hall of Fame, which recognizes 
retirees for outstanding service to others and the communi- 
ty. Katharine spearheaded the effort to find and record all 
the graves in Polk County, NC. In addition, she is leading 
the effort to raise funds to build a new library building. In 
her spare time, Katharine enjoys gardening. 

1957 

Carole Crandall Stiles still works and takes several 
trips a year. She enjoys golf and bridge and would love to 
see her classmates at the next reunion. 

"I've moved closer to Seattle, to an enchanted place. I 
feel like I'm on a trail at Mt. Rainier. I'm involved with 
energetics and quantum physics medicine," writes Marion 
Day Grosjean. "My first exposure to this was a philosophy 
class taught by the Dean of Students at Lasell in 1955. It 



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was one of my favorite classes." 

Joan Kramer Edelman's son had a baby girl. 

Barbara Polidor Kubichek retired from her position as 
a statistical analyst in a New Jersey hospital after 23 years. 
She keeps busy with nine grandchildren and a home at the 
Jersey shore. 

On a trip south in March, Nancye Van Deusen Connor 
stopped to see Jani Coulter Langmaid "at her wonderful 
townhouse in Alexandria. I also had brunch with Bobbie 
Flint Gerold at her home in Virginia. It was wonderful to 
see them. " 

1958 

"Working part-time for a group of ophthalmologists 
and spending lots of time with my 10 grandchildren," 
writes Sue Allen Busa. 

Betty Anderson Fairchild says, "We from the Class of 
1958 felt this was the best reunion so far. Everything was 
awesome. The gals thought the line dancing was creative, 
and the concert was spectacular." 

It has been almost 13 years since Bev Bearse Sowerby 
had a heart transplant. She recently moved to live near her 
son and grandchildren. Bev plans to get in touch with 
Brenda Jones Rand and Brenda Weinstein Less. 

"Those at reunion weekend for our 45th all had a 
blast," writes Jeanne Bradner Morgan. "I think the key is 
to stay on campus. Even the first-timers will be returning 
for the 50th. They could not believe what they had been 
missing. With age comes wisdom. Some of us have to get 
really old before we smarten up. Mark your calendar for 
May 2008, and see you on campus." 

'Total paradise," writes Terry Brahe Lanham. "After 
36 vears of living up north, we have retired to Hilton 
Head." 

"Semi-retired, loving it, and happy living in the Smoky 
Mountains," writes Judith Butler Weppel. Judith is doing 
some travel business but also selling jewelry in an upscale 
store. She says, "Hi to everyone in the class of 1958." 

"Still actively involved in real estate," writes Penny 




Carlson O'Brien. Penny enjoys her grandchildren, who 
live nearby, and is looking forward to another season of 
golf. 

After the March blizzard in Denver, Carol Christopher 
was ready for her five days in St. John's and 10 days sailing 
in the Virgin Islands. 

Nancy Cincotti Emmons owns the Village Stitchery 
again and is enjoying her grandkids. 

"Can't believe we've lived on Nantucket Island for 20 
years," writes Barbara Clark Owen. "We have three chil- 
dren and seven grandchildren, who visit as often as possi- 
ble. We love visits from friends, too!" Barbara's hobbies 
include oil painting and beading. She enjoyed a visit with 
Jeanne Bradner Morgan. 

"First-time grandmother and loving it," says Bobbie 
Cummings Taylor. Regarding reunion, Bobbie says, "The 
weekend was one to remember. We had a wonderful time, 
and the friendships keep seasoning." 

Despite a disability, Laurie Ferrante Cannon started 
her own business — fashion accents with versatility. She 
says, "I create and choose colors as if I were painting a can- 
vas." Her work is sold in New Jersey boutiques. 

Patsy Graff Willoughby is retired, living in Horida, 
and spending half of her time in upstate NY. She enjoyed a 
winter of skiing. 

Midge Guterman Dembitzer is a life master in bridge. 
Her son, Steve, produced the movie, "In the Bedroom." 
Midge has two other children. 

Kirsten Harvey Brownell is well and enjoying retire- 
ment in central Pennsylvania. She and her husband spent 
two weeks in Provence, France, and three weeks with their 
daughter in Wyoming. 




Marion Heinsohn Mitchell works part-time at her 
church and enjoys her three granddaughters. She is friend- 
ly with Nancy Cincotti Emmons. 

Gail Jackson keeps in touch with Melanie Grill 
Richardson. She says, "I am still an active member of the 
Screen Actor's Guild and am working in movies and com- 
mercials in New England. Regards to all." 

Ann Laramy Calvin is active in Kiwanis, community 
service, and her church. She has four grandchildren. She 
and her husband have traveled through Europe, gone on 
several Caribbean cruises, and have traveled the east coast 
of the US with their trailer. 

Hailing from California where she has lived for almost 
25 years, Jan McPherson Pretto has also lived in Germany, 
Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Kentucky. 
Jan has two children and five grandchildren. She says, "I 
am always babysitting someone." Jan enjoys mah jongg, 
bridge, her womens' group and works part-time as a nurse. 

Myra Packer Zale is still working and enjoys hearing 
from Lasell friends. She has a son and a daughter. 

Portia Pan tages is busy with her church and is active in her 
city of Waban, MA. 

Beverlee Raymond Henion has been a widow for four 
years. She works at an entrepreneurial investment firm. 
She is also an artist, photographer, and landscape designer. 
She is active in pontics and theatre. She has two sons and 
two grandchildren. Beverlee often sees Roxie Miller 
Socolow. 

A teacher for many years, Lee Regan, now retired, con- 
tinues teaching in home schooling. 

Carolyn Reid Towne works part-time as a nurse and 
enjoys skiing, tennis, biking, scuba diving, and traveling. 
About her first grandchild, Carolyn says, "a joy to all of us." 

Meade Simpson Fasciano volunteers at the Museum of 
Fine Arts in Boston. She has six grandchildren. Meade says, 
"I love living in Cambridge." Regarding reunion, Meade 
says, "It was a great day and evening." 

"Enjoying retirement with gardening, knitting, volun- 
teer work, and traveling," says Jacquelyn Smith Johnson. 

Joyce Stilling Wyatt writes, "Moved into a great new 
home this past year and have been traveling in our motor 
home. A new puppy also keeps me busy. My first grand- 
child is on the way. Wow. Life is good." 

Linda Truell Good says, "Life is great, but alas, no 
grandchildren. We are traveling in the US and having fun." 
Regarding reunion, "We all had a great time. Everything 
was fabulous." 

"Our 45th reunion was delightful. Now everyone is 
looking forward to our 50th, " writes June Valter Harding. 
"I was impressed with all the changes at Lasell. Just don't 
put me on the third floor of Gardner next time. I may not 
make it." 

Beverly Anne Vincent Jennings completed a medical 
coding and billing certificate program in December. 

Brenda Weinstein Less established a full-service cater- 
ing service, with headquarters in Peabody, MA, in partner- 
ship with her husband. 

Our sincere condolences to Gail Winalski Burd on the 
death of her mother. Gail is one of the artists whose work is 
featured at Huggs, a gift shop in Naples, FL. Gail designs 
shell creations, shell poems, and greeting cards. She gets 
her inspiration from the pristine beaches that line the coast 
of southwest Florida. 

1959 

Martha Houle Walsh retired, and enjoys traveling and 
managing her properties. She says, "I do a lot of volunteer 
work and am still waiting for grandchildren." 



1960's 



1960 

Audrey Bergesen Long writes, "My interior design 
firm continues to flourish. My children live nearby, which 
is great, and my two grandchildren are truly fun." 



Joan Corthouts McCormick says she is still happily sell- 
ing real estate, trying to learn golf, and spending as much 
time as she can with her three adorable granddaughters. 

Julia Ellingham Stange returned from San Diego, 
where one of her sons set a world record for 24-hour 
endurance at a race in the desert. Julia's daughter was mar- 
ried in July. She notes, "Not getting much Florida time." 

Leslie Ghilani Elkins still manages a large group med- 
ical practice in Framingham, MA. 

From North Carolina, Mary Alice MacCallum Gozzi 
writes, "Life is good." We have five grandchildren. Would 
love to hear from the girls at Gardner. Anyone hear from 
Marilyn Glicksman Mulhern?" 

"Reunion weekend was a fun weekend. Put me down 
for next year," says Linda Telfer. 

1961 

Jane Harmon Carr writes, "I have two sweet grand- 
daughters living in France. They are spending the summer 
with me in Maine to learn English. Ooo-la-la!" 

Connie Hofberg Ford is working for a home health 
company. She has four grandsons. 

I am realizing my life dream by teaching swing and 
ballroom dancing to groups in my home," says Elizabeth 
Hood. "It is challenging and rewarding. I am starting a 
new career as I plan my retirement." 

For the past year, Chase Kirschner Wilson has been 
volunteering five days a week mentoring minority children 
in a charter school in Delray Beach. She is also using her 
psychology skills to help train the teachers "to discipline 
with love." Chase says, "It is wonderful to feel like you are 
making a difference." 

"Enjoyed retirement for three months and then 
returned to the workforce to work with pre-K students," 
writes Valerie Orcutt Sirignano. "Had a picture-perfect 
day for my daughter's wedding in July 2002." 

Donna Skillings Kessler enjoyed 2-1/2 great months 
in Florida "as our Maine winter was long and hard. We left 
after the arrival of our twin granddaughters, grandchildren 
# 7 and # 8. They continue to be a constant joy for us." 

Valerie Tarracciano Piazza and her sister, Patricia 
Tarracciano Ciccone '57, both live in Scottsdale, AZ. They 
are looking forward to another alumni get-together out 
there. 

"Still love living in Arizona," writes Wendy 
Wolfenden. "Enjoy keeping in touch with Draperites of 
'61. Come visit anytime." 

1962 

Ann Abbott Bowler is enjoying retirement. She says, 
'Time to travel with husband, time to spend with two 
grandchildren, and time for two weeks in the Caribbean 
each winter." 

"My husband and I love to travel," writes Linda Bald 
Lathrop. This past year's trips included Niagara Falls, 
Maine, a cruise, and St. Maarten. 

"Retired from my position as a paraprofessional in the 
school system last October," writes Nance Darrow Morin, 
"and enjoying frequent trips to Longboat Key, FL." 

Carolyn Grant Leary's husband has "thankfully" 
recovered from a stroke. Their youngest daughter graduat- 
ed from college, and their son is playing baseball for 
Southern CT State U. 

"I finally have a grandchild from scratch," writes Betsy 
MacMillan Blackledge, who already has two step-grand- 
children. "What joy having a baby in the family. I'm fortu- 
nate to live nearby and be part of their lives." Betsy 
continues to run the family fitness club and care for her 93- 
year-old mom. 

1963 

Brenda Altaian Berman enjoys being with her two 
grandsons who live nearby. She works as a local coordina- 
tor for a company in Cambridge, MA. 

Last fall Kathy Baker Taylor spent three weeks travel- 
ing through the Italian countryside. She has a one-year-old 
grandson. 

"Great seeing the impressive campus and old friends at 
the 40th reunion in May," writes Debbie Begg McKinney. 
"I am grooming my granddaughters for Lasell. In the 
future, I would love to live at Lasell Village." Debbie and 
her college sweetheart, Tom, celebrated their 39th wedding 
anniversary. 

Nancy Bunn Oakes' son was married in September 
2002 and she has one grandchild. 

Jeanne Chase Peckham has six grandchildren. 

"Reunion was wonderful. It was great to see the girls of 
Converse House," writes Bette Cole Greene. Bette just 
returned from three months of traveling across "this beau- 
tiful country." 

"I am unable to attend reunion," writes Gail Ferrucci 
Camputaro. "I am currently and have been for the last 20 
years the Director of the Council of Aging in Daytona 
Beach, and in May there are a multitude of activities 
planned for the seniors. Sorry to be one of the classmates to 
break the chain." Gail has two grandchildren and enjoys 
living in Horida, "because the weather makes you feel like 



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you are on vacation all year long." 

Penny Peterson Atwell couldn't attend reunion at the 
last minute, but wrote the following poem: 

Friends Always 

How innocent we were, how easy to say 
those words in the yearbook of yesterday. 
When friends were forever and life was a dream 
we'd always be buddies or so it seemed. 

But life intruded on that simple phrase 
as one by one we went separate ways. 
From college to jobs, to homes far astray 
and friends forever faded away. 

Then on a gentle warm summer's day 

the girls from Lasell gather to play. 

To relive warm memories when life was a game 

to celebrate youth once more they came. 

Fuzzy pink slippers, dungaree skirts, 
hearing the Everly Brothers till your ears hurt. 
Curfews, demerits and guys from BC 
learning to grow up, my roomies and me. 

So young and carefree, testing our wings 
living with strangers and sharing our things. 
Shaky first steps away from home, 
making new friends, we were never alone. 

Yes, 40 years have slipped away 
but the memories fell just like yesterday. 
We'll laugh and smile, cry and hug 
each to the other still well loved. 

Voices remembered, smiles so dear, 

almost a dream to be so near. 

Soft voices will linger long into night 

in fear that by morning they'll have taken flight. 

Remember when . . . the reunion refrain 
followed by giggles once again. 
In the blink of an eye away the years fell 
we're still the Converse girls from Lasell. 

Such wonderful joy, the spirit rejoices, 
my heart still treasures those long ago voices. 
Parting so bittersweet, tinged with sorrow 
still Converse girls for all our tomorrows. 

Since 1974, Bonny Rogers Collins has lived in Stone 
Mountain, GA and worked as a legal assistant /office 
manger for a small firm. Her daughter was married on 
New Year's Eve. Bonny is "looking forward to returning to 
Lasell for another reunion and fun time with former class- 
mates." 

Linda Senter Wright and her college sweetheart, 
Merritt, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. 

Karin Skooglund Bartow had this to say about 
reunion: "Reunion for the class of '63 turned out to be a 
Converse reunion. Attending and staying at Converse, 
now known as Saunders, were: Linda Senter Wright, Jean 
Easterbrooks, Suzanne Banghart, Deb Potvin Kelso, 
Bonny Rogers Collins, Barb Christiansen Haimann, 
Debbie Begg McKinney, Ginny Kidd Vreeland, Susan 
Albano Cowan, Bette Cole Greene and me. Midge Myles 
Miller, Gail Ferrucci Camputaro, Penny Peterson Atwell 
and Bette Marbach Wurster were in touch, but unable to 
make it. We were all sad to learn this spring that Mary Lou 
Herbert Shute died in 1997. We just found Karen Jaynes 
Tiger, and if we could locate Bobbie Seiden, we will all be 
accounted for. To everyone else in the Class of 1963, it is 
worth it to get your group back to Lasell. It is priceless!" 
Karin continues, "I still can't sing but my laugh is intact." 
Karin has raised two children, moved from the "burbs" 
five years ago, and is living in Cambridge. She started a 
marketing business for visual artists. She lives in her own 



condo, and her new life partner lives in his. 

1964 

Arlene Ferreira Rego spends summers in Rhode 
Island and winters in Naples, FL, and enjoys her two 
grandchildren. 

1965 

Catherine Sanford Nurmi is enjoying her second 
grandson and recovering from a total knee replacement. 

Marjorie Story Brown reports, "My husband and I had 
a wonderful trip to Sarasota to visit Ellie Lamson Brewster 
and her husband. Ellie and I have stayed best of friends." 

1966 

About her one-year-old grandchild, Barbara Caron 
MacLean says, "What fun it is to be a grandparent." 

"Still living in Marshfield, MA with the same terrific 
guy for the last 32 years," writes Paula Quattrocchi 
Tingley. Paula continues to work in a special-needs 
preschool (with autistic and PDD children). She has three 
children. 

Last spring, Gail Williamson-Hawes spent two weeks 
in England; one week of which was on a boat touring the 
canals. 

1967 



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Sharon Le Van '66 made a new friend at the 
Melbourne, FL Brevard Zoo alumni event in March 
2003. 



Betty Pace (Nursing '68) says, "It is hard to believe if s 
been 35 years. I recall those years with great fondness." 
Betty has three children. 

"Life is full, and we have been blessed," writes Vicki 
Tenney Graboys regarding her re-marriage and the five 
children and new grandchild they have between them. 

1968 

"The years fly by, and I enjoy testing new water," 
writes Lisa Altshuler Freidus. "In addition to painting in 
watercolor, I have branched out into acrylics and mono- 
types. With regard to her daughter's engagement, Lisa 
says, "Boy, do I feel old." 

Heather Heath Reed says, "In anticipation of reunion, 
I've made wonderful e-mail connections with classmates 
and hope we'll all see one another at reunion." Heather has 
also been in touch with classmates whom she didn't really 
know at school. Ann Sterner Tyler lives nearby, and we 
had a wonderful 3-hour get-acquainted lunch. A former 
classmate, and now new friend, in my backyard." 

"Old friends are the best," writes Edith Hogsett 
Whitney. "Carol Johnson Hodgdon, Lisa Altshuler 
Freidus, Marsha Gordon Bornstein and I have renewed 
our Lasell friendship and get together about once a year." 
Edith is working as a school psychologist in a charter 
school. She has been married 32 years and has a 16-year- 
old son "whose main interests are guitar and girls." 

Roberta Munce Nelson enjoys owning her own realty 
company in Lynnfield, MA. 

Sue Pegues Owen has two boys who live in the 
Washington, DC area. 




"Our youngest son graduated from college and our 
oldest son got married last September," says Cynthia 
Rardin Crawford. 

Ann Sterner Tyler has a grandson. 

Janice Taylor Perruzzi's daughter graduated law 
school, passed the bar, and got married. "Whew. No big 
plans this year." 

Dale Tufts Yale opened a consulting business focusing 
on land use and zoning and is busy. She became a grand- 
parent for the first time in June 2002. 

1969 

For the past six years, Jacqueline Dubin Foster has 
been working as a library aide in the children's room in a 
Michigan library. 

Linda Luskin Towne and her husband celebrated their 
8th anniversary this past year with a 2-week cruise from 
New Orleans to Costa Rica. She writes, "Cruising has 
become our annual treat. The only pastime we enjoy more 
is spending time with our two grandchildren. We are the 
proudest of grandparents." 

Alice Marquess Woodward is a teacher. 

After 18 years as director of alumnae and public rela- 
tions at a day school in Princeton, NJ, Janet Sheffer 
Kerney retired in June. She says, "I am looking forward to 
more time with family and awaiting grandchild #6." 



1970's 



1970 

Linda Campbell Seek is having her house renovated, 
which is located on an island in Sorrento, ME. 

Suzanne Gordon moved to Charleston last September 
and loves it. 

1971 

Joyce Freedman Kreppel is still selling real estate in 
MetroWest Massachusetts. Her son, an only child, graduat- 
ed from college. 

"Hello to all my friends," writes Carol Goulian 
Stewart. Carol continues to volunteer and raise her three 
children who, she says, are "lots of fun." 

Johanna Nahatis Kadra and her twin, Christina 
Nahatis Barrett, have driven past Lasell's campus numer- 
ous times. Johanna says, "Every time we pass the College, 
we talk about our fond memories of our two years there. 
The school looks extraordinary with all the new buildings." 

1972 

"I have retired from the department of human 
resources at Johns Hopkins Hospital and do part-time con- 
sulting," writes Amy Juskowitz Sponseller. Amy is also 
president of a foundation for children with cancer. She 
says, 'In my free time, I love being at home with our two 
children." 

Cynthia Scalzi Brown is teaching English as a second 
language in Stamford, CT. She has a daughter in college 
and a son in prep school. 

1973 

"I had a wild summer running a girl-scout camp as part 
of my job," writes Susan Clark Miller. "Canoes, alligators, 
and thunderstorms could not dampen our spirits. All my 
child education has come in handy." 

Julia McDonald Boliver is a vice president of a NYC 
investment firm and lives in Garden City, Long Island, 
with her husband and two daughters. 

Nancy McKeagney Votto is working toward a master's 
in nursing at Quinnipiac University. 



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Jeanne Johnsen '72, chef extraordinaire for the 
Lasell Office of Institutional Advancement picnic in 
June 2003. 

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1974 

Barbara Hirschfield Henry says, "I am enjoying my 
third term as first selectman of the best small town in 
Connecticut." 

1975 

Rosanna Caf arella Greco is an administrative secretary 
in the Genetics and Teratology Unit at Massachusetts 
General Hospital. She has two sons in college. 

1976 

Holly Gilfillan Ready is a gallery director /curator in 
Portland, ME. She says, "I am busy painting my own work 
and exhibiting as well." Holly has two boys in college. 

Dianne Manning Stark is a merchandising buyer for a 
golf shop at a private club. She has been married for 20 
years, has three children, and lives in Wrentham, MA. 

1977 

"I'd love to hear from the friends of '77," writes Kristin 
MacKay. 

1978 

Nancy Cantey Banasiak is an assistant professor at 
Yale University and a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale 
New Haven Hospital. She is married and has three chil- 
dren. 

"I've been an OB nurse since graduation, and have 
spent the last 17 years in labor and delivery," writes Gayle 
Godbout Dadekian. Gayle has been married 25 years and 
has two sons. 

Alison Ix Lutes recently saw Lisa Hines in Boston. 
Alison says, "We swapped funny stories of life in 
McClelland and New Dorm in 1976. 

"Where was everyone for our 25th reunion?" asks 
Patricia Ray. 

1979 

Lorraine Davies Ellerson opened a commercial /resi- 
dential interior design firm in Maryland. Her daughter is in 
elementary school and her stepdaughter is in college. "We 
are chartering a sailboat for a family vacation." 



1980's 



1982 

An update from Christina Hershey Katsarsky: "I am 
married with two boys, living in Syracuse and helping my 
husband with his dental practice. We miss Boston!" 

Recognition went to Rita Kilinski Talbo (Nursing '83) 
who received the first humanitarian award and employee 
of the year for the Osceola Regional Medical Center in 
Kissimmee, FL. She was runner-up for the Nursing 
Spectrum Magazine's "Nurse of the Year Award," Horida 
division. 

"July 3, 2002 was my last day with John Hancock, after 
over 17 years and 5 months," says Robin Tavekelian. She 
continues, "Happy independence day to me. So long to the 
12-hour per week commute and all that goes with it." 

1983 

"A warm Texas hello to my class of '83 girls," writes 
Lisa Adams Edwards. "We were all together recently at 
Julia Schaum Ortale's wedding. It was a beautiful gala." 

Our sincere condolences to Rusty Kennedy on the 
death of her granduncle. According to Rusty, "He is the 



man who raised me when my parents were no longer able 
to." 

Caroline Knoener-Skowronek says, "Having a lot of 
fun with my son, a future Lasell student. Also fortunate to 
still talk with Joan O'Connor, Sue Senofonte Preis, Julia 
Schaum Ortale and Lisa Adams Edwards." Regarding 
reunion, Caroline says, "It was a great weekend." 

"Those at reunion weekend for our 20th — we all had a 
blast," admits Sue Senofonte Preis. "Can't believe we were 
up until 3:30 a.m., partying with the youngsters." 




1984 

Renee Reagan Booths is a senior designer of uphol- 
stery fabric and lives in the Greenville, SC area. She has a 
7-year-old daughter. Renee says, "I would love to hear 
from the Lasell community, especially those from the class- 
es of 1983-1985." 

1985 

"Hello to all my nursing buddies. Time flies by so fast," 
writes Clair McCarthy Dalton. "Lef s try to meet up at 
next reunion!" 

Lynn McCarthy Scuderi lives in Connecticut with her 
husband of 10 years and dog, Rocky. For the past three 
years she has been working as a loan officer for a mortgage 
company. 

1989 

For the past year, Georgia Moran Livziey and her hus- 
band have been living in Edinburgh, Scotland, as her hus- 
band was transferred there for work. Georgia says, "We 
love it here." In September, they are moving to Ireland for 
at least six months, maybe longer. Georgia continues, "I 
would love to hear from friends." 



1990's 



1991 

Jennifer Brosnan Squires has been married for eight 
years and has three children. 

Aileen Sanchez has accepted a full-time position at the 
Waltham Public Library as the bilingual liaison to the 
Spanish-speaking community. According to the library 
director, "Aileen is already attracting more Spanish-speak- 
ing residents to use the library and its resources." 

"I am a stay-at-home mom and enjoy spending time 
with my two handsome boys and my new baby girl," 
writes Bari Schwartz Perales. 

1993 

Sue Merz is teaching kindergarten in Lincoln, RI, and 
working on a master's in reading at Rhode Island College. 
She says, "I would love to hear from my classmates of 1991 
and 1993." 

1995 

For the past five years, Pam Austin has been working 
as a case manager and hospital liaison with the mentally ill 
population. She is working toward a master's in social 
work. 

Karen Humphrey-Johnson is director of student ser- 
vices at University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She and her 
husband bought a house in Nashua, NH last year. She 
says, "No children yet but we are considering them very 
soon." 

Carrie Lempke Braxton accepted a position as an 
account executive for Gail & Rice Productions, Inc. in 
Southfield, MI. 

"If s nice to work with alumni and see the wonderful 



changes at Lasell," writes Debbie Lestch. "I'd love to hear 
from classmates." 

Tenisha Walton continues to work in physical therapy 
and was recently promoted to rehabilitation coordinator 
for an alzheimer's facility. She says, "My goal is to further 
my education to become an athletic trainer." 

1996 

Julia Torres continues to enjoy teaching in the Newton 
public schools. 

1997 

Patti Beck said, "I am still involved with Lasell, cur- 
rently serving as president of the Alumni Board of 
Management. I also have my own business as a Mary Kay 
independent beauty consultant and am loving it!" 

1998 

Lauren Giannattasio completed a master's in social 
work from Columbia University and is working as a school 
social worker for the Stamford, CT Board of Education. 

"Unfortunately I won't be able to attend reunion 
because I will be graduating from CCSU that weekend and 
receiving a master's in marriage and family therapy," 
writes Stephanie Kingsbury. 




2000's 



2000 

Erin Andrews has been teaching seventh grade in the 
Brockton, MA school system for the past three years and 
"hopes" she will still have a job next year. She is also fin- 
ishing up her master's in education. 

2002 

"One more year in graduate school. Hanging in there," 
writes Shelby Derissaint. 




Adrienne Reid '98 and Robert Fernandez were 
married on June 7, 2003 at St. Elizabeth 's Church in 
Ridgewood, NJ. Two of the bridesmaids were 
classmates Jennifer Share and Ann Moy Fox. 



LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003 




Marriages 

Lynn Fager '61 to George Worthington on March 29, 2003 
Carol Cacciamani '65 to Ralph Sautter in February 2003 
Vicki Tenney '67 to Dr. Thomas Graboys in September 2002 
Kathleen Peacock '75 to Nathaniel Benchley on May 31, 2003 
Julia Schaum '83 to Thomas Ortale on May 3, 2003 
Debra Ayube '90 to Timothy Glass on February 15, 2003 
Tina Cosato '94 to Stephen Morcone on November 30. 2002 
Kelly Vorse '97 to Richard Kazanjian on November 9, 2002 
Gina Cunha '00 to Stephen Boyd on April 5, 2003 
Joshua Goldstein '00 to Caryn Goldstein on August 31, 2002 
Cara Scalesse '00 to Jon Dougherty on August 16, 2002 
Jill Falke '01 to Daniel Welton 



Births 

Christine Perry Ryan '85, a daughter, Erin Grace, on 

November 9, 2002 

Angela Bonacci Quinn '87, a son, Jack, in October 2002 

Susan Scichilone Presti '88/'94, a son, on May 6, 2003 

Jodi Donovan Turner '94, twin daughters, Kelsey Rose and 

Kayla Ann, on April 17, 2003 

Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, a son, Adam, on September 

29, 2002 

Jennifer LaClair Schmidt '97, a son, Timothy Jacob, on 

November 7, 2001 

Deaths 

Retraction: We apologize for an error made in the last issues 
of Leaves, and we are happy to report that Norma Appleyard 
'51 is very much alive and well. 

Helen Coons Zoller '21 on April 10, 2001 

Florence Boehmcke Edmondson '23 in July 2002 

Estelle Jenney '25 on January 31, 2003 

Cornelia Boudiette '28 on March 13, 2003 

Helen Creveling Gibson '28 

Lucile Hopson Clarke '28 

Natalie Robbe Hemmett '28 on May 30, 2003 

Mary McConn Messeas '29 

Ruth Lenahan Kask '30 on February 4, 2003 

Sylvia "Sue" Morgan Williams '30 on February 25, 2003 

Margorie Magune Curtis '31 on July 4, 2003 

Shirley Gould Chesebro '33 

Doris Lewis Folsom '33 

Grace Wellington Hebach '33 on May 13, 2003 

Myrtie Marshall Cochrane '34 on February 11, 2003 

Gertrude Runge King '34 on May 2, 2003 

Charlotte Shepherd Richards '36 on February 13, 2003 

Celeste Watson '37 on January 24, 2003 

Beverly Macdonald Perry '38 in May 2002 

Ellen McGowan Beardsworth HS '38 

Jean Peace '38 on January 7, 2003 

Margaret Williams Peterson '38 on January 25, 2003 

Mary-Elizabeth Wing Cray '38 on May 21, 2003 

Elda Yaple Pantaleo '38 on April 5, 2003 

Vyrling Rawson '39 on February 25, 2003 

Barbara Clark Keenan '40 on January 17, 2003 

Margaret Jefferson Picard '42 in April 2003 

Victoria Muehlberg Golder '42 on May 19, 2003 



Gwendolyn Prouty Bellinger '42 on May 8, 2003 
Rosemary Vincent Clay '42 
Joanne Jones Brothers '43 on February 8, 2003 
Norma Lutz Quinn '43 on March 8, 2003 
Eleanor Millard Parsons '43 on March 18, 2003 
Jean Wilkinson Earnest '43 on March 8, 2003 
Jane Beard Maxson '44 

Barbara Bresette Southwick '44 on May 17, 2003 
Jane Maynard Robbins '44 on June 13, 2003 
Marcia Tenney McDiarmid '45 on March 26, 2002 
Bunny Quinn McKenna '46 on May 30, 2002 
Phyllis Warburton Erlandson '46 on March 29, 2003 
Joan Fleming Burns '47 on June 6, 2003 
Veronica Aslanian Blacquier '48 on June 23, 2003 
Rosemarie Carbone Antonelli '48 
Sophia Cramer Stewart '48 on March 13, 2003 
Dorothy Goehring Rourke '50 on May 23, 2003 
Barbara Wilson Perrault '50 on May 12, 2003 
Sarah "Sally" Grahame Hitchcock Cairns '52 

on March 31, 2003 
Elsie Salkind Scotti '52 on November 29, 2002 
Ann Coughlin '54 

Carol Meyer LaViale '54 on February 26, 2003 
Jane Wagner Sweeney '54 on August 17, 2002 
Barbara Levine '58 

Gail Schaffran Willard '58 in March 1998 
Natalie Granchelli Towle '61 on March 22, 2003 
Diane Korzenko Sacharko '74 on February 26, 2003 
Carol Bresnahan Deslauriers '76 on March 16, 2003 
Carol Amorello '82 on March 7, 2003 
Shirley Fitzgerald (former staff) on May 27, 2003 
Elinor Hoag (former faculty) on June 22, 2003 
(see obit below) 
Sylvia MacPhee (professor of Social Science) on July 6, 2003 

Elinor Hoag 

Elinor Hoag passed away on June 22, 2003, just hours before 
her 103rd birthday. She taught at Lasell College for 37 years, 
from 1928 - 1965. In 1934, the Lasell Lamp was dedicated to 
her. In 1965, when she retired, Hoag House was named in 
her honor. She not only taught all those years, but was also in 
charge of a dormitory before the "house mother" system was 
put into place in the mid '40s. She was in Blaisdell for a few 
years and then in Gardner for 18 years. After that she lived in 
a faculty house, Nason, which has been renamed for Julia 
Case '32, one of her students. In all those years at Lasell, Miss 
Hoag touched the lives of so many of her students. 

Dr. Sylvia MacPhee 

Self-effacing, dedicated sociologist and long-time faculty 
member Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, who thrived on mixing scholar- 
ship with the art and craft of classroom teaching, died in her 
Walpole home on Sunday, July 6th, 2003 after a brief illness. 

"She was a dynamic, creative teacher/scholar on the Lasell 
campus, whose concern and caring for students, and her love 
for her subject, informed everything she did," said President 
Thomas de Witt. "Her passing is a great loss to her family 
and also to her extended family, here at Lasell." 



Dr. MacPhee leaves her husband John and three children. 

Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, who held the distinction of being the 
second faculty member to be named the Joan Weiler Arnow 
Professor, was a popular professor of Social Science at Lasell, 
where, since 1979, she engaged students with her insightful 
classroom teaching. She had served as the program director 
of Liberal Arts from 1987 to 1989, and prior to her time at 
Lasell, she was a part- time lecturer in sociology at 
Northeastern University as well as a part-time instructor at 
Bridgewater State College. 

A graduate of Regis College, with a B.A. degree in Sociology, 
Dr. MacPhee also earned her master 's and Ph.D. degrees — 
both in sociology — from Northeastern University. Her first 
job, following her receipt of her undergraduate degree, was 
to teach sixth graders in a Catholic elementary school in 
Corozal, a small, impoverished hill town approximately one 
hour out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

In an interview for the Lasell Leaves, in 1999, she recalled how 
living with a Puerto Rican family and earning $10 a week 
proved to be a rich and memorable experience. "The com- 
munity was so hospitable, I didn 't need the $10. 1 taught 
English and geography — in English only, and math in the 
best Spanish I could muster, and it was a special time," she 
recollected. 

Never one to stand on ceremony, she flinched a little when 
introduced with the long string of titles that surrounded her 
name: associate professor and Joan Weiler Arnow Scholar, 
Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, Ph.D. "Of course I am proud and happy 
to have earned the recognition those titles signify" she admit- 
ted happily. "But titles, unless one is very careful, can create 
unnecessary boundaries." 

Breaking down boundaries, and the issue of diversity were 
favorite subjects for Dr. MacPhee. "Diversity can turn out to 
be risky business because to create an identity, one must set 
up boundaries, and that can be, and often is, a difficult bridge 
to cross since, in defining a group's story, a sense of insiders 
and outsiders is created. Who ultimately is okay and who is 
not? Finding a unifying threat to the group helps to set up 
this 'okay-not-okay' division, which keeps a group together, 
but the side effects are usually destructive." Which is why, 
in her classes on race, she counseled students at the very 
beginning: "Say what you feel and what you think, but don't 
attack anyone. The only way to succeed here is if we all feel 
safe to explore ideas and exchange points of view." 

"In my classes," she continued, relishing the opportunity to 
talk about her beloved teaching, "I am especially interested 
in alerting students to the differences between diversity that 
can be shared and celebrated with others, and the diversity 
that creates boundaries, excluding others out of ignorance 
and fear. If s an important task for all of us," she said. "I 
believe that to be so, especially for those of us who teach." 



LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003 



Class Notes 




SAVE THE DATE! 



Reunion Weekend/Commencement Weekend 

May 16-18, 2004 

Includes Lasell Night at the Pops in de Witt Hall 
with the New Philharmonia Orchestra. 

Check out the Lasell College web site www.lasell.edu for 
more information. Please email the Alumni Affairs Office at 
alumni@lasell.edu with any address changes or class notes. 



The Alumni Affairs Office has 
purchased a block of 25 tickets to the 
play Moviri Out for the matinee on Sun- 
day, March 21, 2004 at 2 p.m. at 
the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Five-time 
Grammy winner Billy Joel and legendary 
director/choreographer Twyla Tharp 
have joined forces to create this spectac- 
ular new musical that Time Magazine 
declares "The #1 show of the year!" 
The play brings 26 Billy Joel classics 
to electrifying new life as it tells the 
story of five life-long friends over two 
turbulent decades. 

A light lunch will be available on 
campus prior to the performance and 
there will be round-trip van service to 
the Colonial Theatre from Lasell. The 
cost for lunch, an orchestra theatre 
ticket, and van service is $89. 




SUNDAY 
MARCH 21, 2004 

THE COLONIAL THEATRE 
BOSTON 



ALUMNI GATHERINGS 



Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we 
can send you an invitation to events. 

Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional 
Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all 
class years at Lasell gatherings. If s a chance to meet and network with other 



NOVEMBER, '03 

D Saturday 

Connecticut Valley, 
Hartford, CT 
Luncheon — 11:30 am 
Hartford Golf Club 

Saturday 

West Orange, NJ 

Cocktail Reception — 4:30 pm 

Home of Thekrta Greenberg Horin '54 

Q Sunday 

Saratoga Springs, NY 
Cocktail Reception — 3 pm 
Home of Kathleen Rebmann Royka '64, 
co-hosted with Pell Kennedy '83 



RTCTTA 



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Friday 

Osprey, FL* 

Cocktail Reception — 4 pm 

Home of Elaine Burrell King 'A 

Saturday 

Sanibel Island, FL* 
Cocktail reception — 4 pm 
Sanibel Country Club 
Dick and Jeannine Holway 

Sunday 

Naples, FL* 

Cocktail Reception — 4 pm 
Colonade Country Club 
Marcia James Carthaus '57 

Tuesday 

Miami, FL* 

Cocktail reception — 4 pm 

TBA 



2003 FLORIDA EVENTS 



alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest information 
about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 if 
you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. The office creates 
and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed is to help make some 
follow-up phone calls. 




Wednesday 

Boca Raton, FL* 

Luncheon — 1 1 :30 am 

Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club 

Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36 

Thursday 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL* 
Cocktail Reception — 4 pm 
Home of 
Thelma Greenberg Florin '54 

Friday 

Vero Beach, FL* 
Cocktail reception — 4 pm 
Home of 
Pamela Porter Barefoot '65 



MARCH, '04 

E3 Saturday 

Boston, MA 

Antiques Appraisal — 10 am • 

Lasell College, de Witt Hall 



2 pm 



Sunday 

Boston, MA 

Movin' Out — 2 pm 

Light lunch on campus prior to 

performance at Colonial Theatre 



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Punta Gorda — generously hosted by Charlie and Carolyn 
Wood Brox '59 




*A11 Florida events will be attended by faculty member Jill Carey and 
two fashion merchandising seniors who will present a fashion show 
of 100 years of style using the Lasell museum collection. 





Sarasota — generously hosted by Jim and Bobbie Trout 
Krohn '52 



Naples — Windstar Club — through the sponsorship of Del 
Anderson Musgrave '49 




Everglades City — Rod and Gun Club — through the spon- 
sorship of Bill and Sue Slocum Klingbeil '45 





Melbourne — Brevard Zoo — generously hosted by Martha 

Garsh man Spector '71 



Delray Beach Yacht Club — through the sponsorship of 
Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36 



Class Notes 



LASELL LEAVES FALL 2003 




CIn April, Professor Joe Aieta, 
I department of Arts and Sci- 
I ences, delivered a paper, 
I "Cross-Cultural Influences in 
I Higher Education: From Bagh- 
I dad to the West," at the 24th 
I Medieval Forum at Plymouth 
I State College. 

Professor Aieta was awarded 
membership in a National Endowment for the 
Humanities Summer Institute, "French Travel 
Writing from the Americas, 1500-1800." The Insti- 
tute was held at the Newberry Library in Chica- 
go. In addition to the general work for the 
Institute, his own area of research dealt with 
Jesuit writing in North America. This is the fifth 
grant that Professor Aieta has received from the 
National Endowment for the Humanities during 
his 34 years at Lasell. Congratulations! 

It was a busy July for Dean 
for Student Affairs Diane 
Austin. She was an external 
reviewer for the Parents' Orien- 
tation program at North Caroli- 
na State University, and the 
second edition of a first-year 
experience monograph series 
was published in which she 

authored a chapter entitled, 

"The Role of Family Influence on Student Success." 

Steven F. Bloom, dean of 
the School of Arts and Sciences 
and professor of English, 
attended the Eugene O'Neill 
Society's Fifth International 
Conference in Le Plessis and 
Tours, France from June 5-9, 
2003. Steve presented a paper 
^" entitled, "The Mad Scene. 
Enter Ophelia!: O'Neill's Use of the Delayed 
Entrance in Long Day's Journey Into Night." His 
participation in this conference was supported by 
a Packard Grant. Professor Bloom continues to 
serve on the Board of Directors of the Eugene 
ONeill Society. 

Professor David Carlson and Donahue Institute 
Director Tessa LeRoux will be working together 
this year on a Faculty Research Seminar, support- 
ed by the Putnam Faculty Development Fund. 
The research seminars are being launched under 
the leadership of Mark Sciegaj, director of the 
Center for Research on Aging and Intergenera- 
tional Studies. 

The objective of Professors Carlson and 
LeRoux's seminar is to analyze and document 
the meaning and dimensions of diversity within 
the Laseil College community, including Lasell 
Village and the Holway Child Study Centers. 
The project will encompass cross-generational 
interviews, oral presentations, a traditional writ- 
ten paper and a photographic display. 

Elena Garcia is Lasell's new MACC Ameri- 
corps*VISTA volunteer. A Spanish major at 
UC Santa Barbara, Elena was very involved 






with various campus outreach 
programs. Among her first 
Lasell responsibilities will be 
overseeing Spence House, 
this year's residence hall 
that is reserved for students 
committed to service, 
la- 
Jennifer Gerstel, who will be 
teaching both writing and liter- 
ature courses at Lasell this fall, 
received her Ph.D. from the 
University of Toronto, her MA. 
from Northwestern University, 
and her B.A. from Tufts Uni- 
versity. She has been teaching 
in the College of Arts and Sci- 
ences Writing Program, Boston 
University. Prior to that she taught at Centennial 
College in Ontario. Jennifer specializes in teaching 
writing and British literature. 

Margo Lemieux, a familiar face at Lasell, hav- 
ing served as adjunct faculty since 1985, has now 
joined the College full-time, as assistant professor 
of art. Margo received her master's in education 
from Curry College, and is completing a M.F.A. 
at UMass Dartmouth. She received a B.F.A. from 
Boston University. In addition to her extensive 
teaching experience, Margo is an accomplished 
graphic designer, collection administrator, and 
children's book author and illustrator. 

?*- 

Amy Maynard, who taught 
at Lasell this past year as 
replacement faculty, now joins 
Lasell as assistant professor of 
education. She received her 
master's degree in literacy edu- 
cation from the University of 
Southern Maine, and complet- 
^ ed her undergraduate work in 
' * English at the University of 
Vermont. Amy is working on her doctorate at 
UMass Lowell. Prior to coming to Lasell, Amy 
was on the education faculty at Salem State Col- 
lege. She also has extensive middle school teach- 
ing experience in Massachusetts and Maine. 



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At a recent national confer- 
ence in Chicago, Dean for 
Lasell Village Paula Panchuck 
was chosen as chair-elect of the 
American Society on Aging's 
LEARN (Lifetime Education 
and Renewal Network) subdi- 
vision. As chair-elect, she will 
oversee selection of programs 
for 4000 attendees at the 2004 ASA conference in 
San Diego and at the '05 and '06 conferences as 
well. As she assumes the role of chair, she will 
serve on the Board of Directors of the American 
Society on Aging. 

it, 

Janice Savitz, who had 
served as a lecturer in physical 
education at Tufts, in addition 
to filling the assistant sports 
information director, intramural 
director, and head basketball 
coach slots during her eight- 
year tenure at the Medford 
campus, has joined Lasell as a 
full-time faculty member in allied health. Janice 
was the head coach of the silver medal-winning, 
USA Women's Basketball Team at the Maccabiah 
Games in Israel in 2001. 

LeShelle Woodard joins Lasell as assistant 
professor of psychology. She received her Ph.D. 
and master's in clinical psychology from UMass 
Boston, and completed her undergraduate work 
in psychology at the University of Colorado, 
Boulder. LeShelle brings extensive teaching, clini- 
cal, and research experience with her, serving cur- 
rently as instructor of psychology and assistant 
director of research compliance services at UMass 
Boston, and staff psychologist at South Shore 
Mental Health. 

CONGRATULATIONS 

TO LASELL'S PRIMO COACHES: 

For the 2002 - 2003 season, Dana Czapnik 
was honored as New England Women's 
Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year. Also, 
Chris Harvey (basketball) and Giovanni Pacini 
(soccer) got the Coach of the Year distinction 
from the North Atlantic Conference. * 




The Residential Life Staff held its 2002-2003 Banquet on Sunday, May 4. Resident assistant staff members were honored 
for their academic achievement as well as for their individual and group contributions to the community. 



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Campaign for Bragdon Update 



±T'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE CAMPAIGN FOR BRAGDON HAS REACHED ITS HALFWAY MARK. LASELL 
alumni and friends have, yet again, stepped to the plate and raised over $2 million in gifts and pledges, a truly 
impressive amount in an economic environment that has been anything but impressive. Thankfully, we are well on 
our way to meeting our goal of $5 million. 



Director of Campaign 
and Planned Giving 
Cathy Black. 



I am pleased to 
announce that "new" 
Bragdon officially opened 
its doors this September. Accommodating 60 stu- 
dents, Lasell's latest residence hall is located on 
the hallowed ground where the original Bragdon 
Hall once stood. Students enjoy suite-style living, 
with either four or six students per unit. Suites 
offer a galley kitchen, common living room, and a 
variety of bedroom and bathroom configurations. 
Laundry facilities, common kitchen, and common 
student lounge areas are also located in Lasell's 
newest residence hall. 

Over the course of this past year, I have trav- 
eled across the country, talking with alumni and 
friends about the Campaign for Bragdon and 
Lasell in general. Each time I tell the "Lasell 
story," I see another face light up. Whether from 
an alumna from the 1930's or 1980's, the common 



sentiment is always how much Lasell affected 
them personally and professionally. I also hear 
story after story of vivid remembrances of their 
Lasell experiences, many detailing time spent liv- 
ing in the "old" Bragdon Hall. I have done educa- 
tional and arts fundraising for nearly 10 years and 
I can honestly say that I have never heard such 
detailed memories as I have from Lasell alumni. 
And this is why the Campaign has worked so 
well. Vivid, positive memories often translate into 
generous philanthropy. We are all grateful to 
those of you who have made gifts to the Cam- 
paign for Bragdon and thank you, again, for your 
continued and impressive support. For those of 
you who have not supported the Campaign, I 
encourage you to make the Campaign for Brag- 
don one of your philanthropic priorities during 
this next year. Remember, you can help benefit 
Lasell's present and future students! 



Finally, if you haven't seen the campus 
recently, I invite you to visit us. I would be 
happy to give you an individualized tour so you 
can see, in person, how much the College has 
grown and changed, yet remained the strong, 
educational institution it has been for over 150 
years. I may be reached at 617-243-2223 or 
through email at cblack@lasell.edu. Hope to hear 
from you! 

Most sincerely, 




C&ttJL 



Cathy Black 
Director of Campaign 
and Planned Giving 



STUDENTS MOVE INTO "NEW" BRAGDON 




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President de Witt discusses the Campaign for Bragdon and other Lasell initiatives at a 
President's Reception hosted by Helen "Pat" Graham Gordon '50 and Stew Gordon at 
their home in Falmouth, Massachusetts on July 27. 



• X kJ» ••• 



Count on me! 

□ I would like to make a pledge in the amount of $_ 
to be paid over a one □ two □ three year(s). 

D Enclosed please find my check in the amount of $ 



D I would like to place my gift on: D MasterCard® □ Visa® □ American Express 4 

Expiration Date: Amount: $ 

Card Number: 

Name: 

(as it appears on the card) 



D Please contact me to discuss further details. 
Name 



_Class year 



Daytime phone 
Address 



Evening phone 



State 



Zip 



City 

Please mail this form to: Cathy Black, Director of Campaign and Planned Giving, Lasell College, 1844 
Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716 




On September 8, the doors to "new" Bragdon opened and students began settling in. 



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ANNUAL FUND 



Nancy Peirce Rudolph '55 is 
New Annual Fund Chairperson 

We ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME NANCY PEIRCE RUDOLPH '55 AS OUR NEW 
chairperson for the Lasell College Annual Fund. 



^ H^ Elected to the Board of 

^r ^k Overseers in 1996, and the 

, "^k Board of Trustees in 1997, 

Nancy brings to her new 
position the enthusiasm and 
experience of a long-term 
^| j/^ volunteer, particularly in 

Nancy Peirce Rudolph her Hudson River Valley 

hometown the Town of 
Washington, NY. She has been a member of the 
Conservation Advisory Commission and has also 
been a trustee of the Stanfordville Free Library 
for nine years, currently serving as president of 
the board. 



Nancy Rudolph and her late husband, Alan, 
were generous supporters of the Lasell 150 Cam- 
paign which successfully concluded in 2001 in 
celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lasell's 
founding. Nancy is pleased to have the opportu- 
nity to continue the fine work that was done by 
Elisse Share in her tenure as Annual Fund Chair- 
person. "I am looking forward to working with 
Noni Linton, director of Annual Giving, and the 
Institutional Advancement staff, to expand the 
base of donors which will enable the Annual 
Fund to grow," Nancy states. The Lasell College 
Annual Fund is in very good hands with Nancy 
Rudolph as chairperson. **- 



Thank You to Outgoing 
Annual Fund Chairperson 

tliLISSE ALLISON SHARE '65, CHAIRPERSON OF THE 
Lasell College Annual Fund since 1996 has stepped down after 
leading the Annual Fund for seven successful years of growth. 



Elisse Share's devotion to the College and her 
contributions to the institution as an overseer, 
trustee, alumna, parent of an alumna, and Annu- 
al Fund chairperson have been considerable as 
she committed herself to getting the message out 
to alumni about Lasell's unique academic 
opportunities during the College's transition 
to co-education. Her particular interest in the 
student Phonathon Program has helped this 
important fundraising group grow during her 
tenure as they reach out to all Lasell alumni and 




Elisse Allison Share 



parents. EUsse 
says, "Having the 
opportunity to 
watch our students 

grow and interact with alumni, to let them know 
how important it is to support the Annual Fund, 
was one of the highlights of the last seven years." 
We are grateful to EUsse Share for her commit- 
ment to Laseil's future and her willingness to 
give so freely of her time on behalf of the Col- 
lege. **• 



PHONATHONERS CELEBRATE 



PHONATHON CAPTAIN NAMED 




Upon completion of another highly suc- 
cessful year of phoning, the Lasell College 
Annual Fund Phonathon team celebrated 
at an end-of-year dinner hosted by Presi- 
dent de Witt at his home. They generated 
over $6,000 more than last year for the 
Annual Fund, and contributed to increas- 
ing the number of donors, bringing the 
level of participation up two full points 
higher than last year. 




Heather Ely 



Heather Ely '04 is the new Phonathon captain. An 
athletic training major from East Haven, VT, she is 
no stranger to the Annual Fund Office. 

"I am definitely looking forward to serving as this 
year's captain," says Heather. "It is a welcome change to 
all my athletic training work, and I always enjoy con- 
necting and networking with alums over the phone." 





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Message from 
the Director of 
Annual Giving 

jTTLN important challenge 

was offered to the Annual Fund for 
the 2002-2003 year. Alumna Joan Howe 
Weber '51 generously offered 
a challenge of up to $25,000 to non- 
reunion alumni donors to increase their 
support or to make a first gift to the 
Fund, which she would match. 

This special opportunity realized more 
than $25,000 in new and increased gifts, 
helping to bring the final total to $542,000 
and raising alumni participation by two per- 
centage points 
to 25%. This is 
especially sig- 
nificant since 
we need 
approximately 
100 new donors 
for each per- 
centage point. 
We talk about 
participation 
frequently in 
our communi- 
cations about 
the Annual Fund because it is important to 
the College's growth. A key ingredient in 
Lasell's success in receiving grants from 
foundations for special projects is the 
strength of the College as perceived by its 
constituencies (alumni, friends, parents, facul- 
ty and staff). A measure of this strength is 
seen in the willingness of these constituencies 
to support the College's Annual Fund. This 
year's growth in participation indicates to 
foundations that might consider Lasell a wor- 
thy recipient of their philanthropy that their 
funds will be used to further strengthen a 
growing institution. So, an increase in Annual 
Fund participation is welcome indeed. 

We are grateful to all of the many alumni, 
parents, friends, faculty and staff who 
helped this year's Annual Fund achieve a 
new level of participation and continue its 
tradition of helping provide funds for 
immediate use for the College's most 
crucial needs. 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 



Director of Annual Giving 
Noni Linton 



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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS 




From the Director 
of Alumni Affairs... 

Dear Alumni: 

Everyone at Reunion 2003 had lots of fun 
and there were some wonderful comments 
sent in, including... 

'Those at Reunion Weekend for our 45th — 
all of us had a blast! I think the key is to stay 
on campus the entire weekend and have that 
time together and to also have the planned 

activities on campus too. 
We all had the greatest 
reunion ever and I know 
even the first-timers will 
be returning for the 
50th. They could not 
believe what they had 
been missing the past 45 
years. With age comes 
wisdom — some of us 
actually have to get real- 
ly old before we smarten 
up. Mark your calendar 
for May 2008. See you on campus." 

— Jeanne Bradner Morgan '58 
For more comments, please check the 
website: http: / / www.lasell.edu/alumni 
message_gill.asp. 

I am confirming reunion class liaisons for 
2004. If you have an interest in helping out, 
please let me know as soon as possible. Our 
goal is to have someone from every reunion 
class have a contact in each of the residence 
halls in which you lived on campus. Then we 
will try to put everyone in touch with a class- 
mate. If you know of a classmate who has lost 
contact with Lasell and would like to be a 
part of Reunion, please get in touch with the 
Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139 or 
email: alumni@lasell.edu. 

Thanks to all of you for being such active, 
engaged alumni. Your presence at Lasell 
enriches us all. So, please stay connected 
with us. We look forward to hosting you 
on campus during Reunion Weekend 2004. 

Thanks! 




Karen Gill, Director of 
Alumni Affairs 




Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 



CALLING ALL ORPHEAN SINGERS 



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Reserve 
Saturday, May 15, 2004 



Take the stage 



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Sing at the Reunion Concert 

with Tom Chapin and 

The New Philharmonia Orchestra 



Lasell Medallion Awarded 
to RoseMary B. Fuss 



RESIDENT DE WITT PRESENTED THE 2003 LASELL MEDALLION 
to RoseMary B. Fuss, who unfortunately could not attend the convocation 
ceremony. However, for the first time in Lasell history the recipient's remarks were shown 
in a moving and captivating video presentation that RoseMary herself created, starred in, 
and edited. The video, which drew cheers from the audience, was an impressive example 
of RoseMary Fuss' technological expertise and her creativity 

President de Witt made the following remarks: 
RoseMary's passion for Lasell is infectious and 
we are very lucky to have such an incredibly 



strong supporter who, although not an alumna, has 
willingly given her time and personal commitment 
to the College for the past 13 years. At the moment 
she is donating her expertise, energy, and intelli- 
gence to Lasell by serving as a trustee of the 
College, chair of the Lasell Village trustees, chair 
of the facilities committee, and as a member of the 
College's strategic planning committee. 

Somehow, in spite of all these responsibilities, 
RoseMary still found time to be the creative force 
behind the Lasell 150 Web site and its museum 
pages, and became a Lasell historian in the process. 
She has always had a strong interest in technology. 
She initiated and ran a computer program at her 
sons' school, St. John's Elementary, in Wellesley, 
and her hobbies include digital archiving. On this 
campus it is very fitting that the RoseMary B. Fuss 
Teaching and Learning Center for Faculty in 
Brennan Library has been established in her name. 

A commitment of education runs deep in 
RoseMary's family. Her mother, Ida Benigno, 
was a beloved elementary education teacher 
who touched many lives and, in 1994, RoseMary 
dedicated a classroom in Wolfe in her honor. 
Following in her mother's footsteps, after 
graduating from Muhlenberg College, RoseMary 
became a Spanish teacher before she decided to 




RoseMary B. Fuss 



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change direction and 
move to investment 
management. 

RoseMary has been 
known to say, "Give 
me a job and I will do 
it," and Lasell has 
been so fortunate to 
have her as a team 
member. She even 
managed to get her 
husband, Dan, 
into a tuxedo in order 
to serve as master of 

ceremonies extraordinaire for the Sesquicentennial 
Gala Celebration in 2001. 

Each year a committee appointed by the 
Alumni Association's Board of Management 
selects individuals to receive the Lasell Medallion. 

The bronze award may be presented to "any 
member of the Lasell family who, by virtue of 
distinguished service to the College or society at 
large, has brought added honor to the name 
Lasell." Nominations for the 2004 award, which 
will be presented at the Reunion Convocation on 
May 15, should be sent to Medallion Chair, Lasell 
College Office of Alumni Affiars, 1844 Common- 
wealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716. »- 



LIFE AFTER LASELL 




Patti Beck '97 and Gus Batista '02 at the "Life After Lasell" seminar. 



The Board of Management of Lasell Alumni, Inc. sponsored a "Life After Lasell" seminar 
for current juniors and seniors. They learned all sorts of information, including how to rent an 
apartment, negotiate their first job salary and benefits, select a good wine on a tight budget, etc. 
Guest speakers included Patti Beck '97, Gus Batista '02, and Mary Lochner, a real estate rental 
agent for Coldwell Banker. 



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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS 



Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 and Husband, 
Richard Donahue, Honored by Merrimack 
Repertory Theatre 

It is rare in this life to meet a couple who, through the strength 

of their partnership, accomplish more than seems possible. Nancy and Dick Donahue 
are, without a doubt, one such couple. 

Nancy, a member of Lasell's Board of 
Trustees and its former vice chairman, has been 
a strong and thoughtful leader during a period 
of rapid change at the College. In 1998, the Don- 
ahues established the Nancy Lawson Donahue 
'49 Institute for Values and Public Life, which 
focuses on existing and emerging issues facing 
Lasell. In addition, Nancy served as a member 
of the Mission Committee charged with study- 
ing the merits of co-education at Lasell as well 
as being a key volunteer for the Lasell 150 
Campaign. 

Clearly, the Donahues have impacted Lasell in 
a most powerful way. Their philanthropy and 
volunteerism stretches well beyond Lasell, to 
include a number of other institutions including 
the Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in 
Lowell, Massachusetts. 

On lune 20, the MRT honored the Donahues 
for their generous support and enthusiastic 
activism on the theatre's behalf, at a 25th 
anniversary gala celebration held at the Lowell 
Memorial Auditorium. 

Nearly 500 people gathered for the festive 
black tie celebration to recognize the outstanding 
accomplishments of three of Lowell's shining 
stars: the Donahues and the Emmy-nominated 
actor, Michael Chiklis. 

Two key events made the evening especially 
memorable for the Donahues. 

Nicola Tsongas, wife of the late senator Paul 
Tsongas, and former Lasell College board mem- 
ber, presented the Donahues with the Tsongas 
Award, created to "single out those remarkable 
citizens whose public and private search for 
inclusive values has provided leadership in Mer- 
rimack Repertory Theatre's and the larger com- 
munity's cultural journey." 




Nancy and Richard Donahue at the Merrimack Repertory 
Theatre in Lowell, MA. 



The MRT also announced the naming of the 
Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Center, locat- 
ed in a renovated mill on the Concord River. 
The Center will include administrative office 
space for MRT personnel, and actors' rehearsal, 
lounge and housing faculties. 

As the MRT most appropriately stated, 
"Nancy and Dick are two distinct individuals 
looking out on the world with different perspec- 
tives, but sharing and supporting each other's 
strengths in core values for the benefit of public 
institutions." 

Lasell College and the Merrimack Repertory 
Theatre are two such institutions that would not 
be what they are today without the passion and 
generosity of Nancy and Dick Donahue. Thank 
you and congratulations! »■ 



ANTIQUES APPRAISAL EVENT! 




Sponsored by the Lasell College Alumni Association 
Proceeds to benefit the Student Scholarship Fund 



Date: 

Saturday, March 20, 2004 



Time: 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



Place: Lasell College, Auburndale, MA, de Witt Hall, 
Winslow Academic Center 

Event Info: Appraisal Event with Antique Dealers 
component (professional appraiser of items 
brought in by the public who pay a fee for each item) 



For more information, please visit the Web site or contact the 
Alumni Affairs Office. 




Patti Beck, 
President of 
the Alumni 
Association 



From the President 
of the Alumni 
Association 

Dear Fellow Alums: 

It has now been 10 years since I was first 
introduced to Lasell College and, oh, the 
changes I have seen! My first four years 
were as a student and as I look back, those 
years were just baby steps for what the 
College is doing now. . . 

I remember the building of the Athletic 
Center in 1997. Now in 2003, the College has 
broken ground on our fourth new building 
with more to come. lust six 
years ago our classrooms 
were filled with young 
women. Now they include 
young men and residents 
from Lasell Village. Our 
students used to receive an 
associate's or bachelor's 
degree . . . now they can also 
receive their master's 
degree. And those, my 
friends, are just some of 
the exhilarating changes happening at 
Lasell College. 

While some of you may say, "Thaf s not 
the Lasell I remember," I urge you to visit 
the campus, and experience again what 
made your alma mater so special. Yes, the 
buildings and the demographics of the stu- 
dent body may be changing, but the core 
spirit of Lasell is alive and well and thriv- 
ing! From the students, to the faculty, to 
President de Witt, the energy on the campus 
is stronger than it has been in years. 

Through the Board of Management 
(BOM), I am fortunate to be a part of that 
excitement. I've been serving on the Board 
since 1998, and have recently taken over as 
president. I welcome the challenge and look 
forward to each of you returning to Lasell in 
the near future. 

If you would like to find out about events 
at Lasell or would like more information on 
the Board of Management, please contact the 
Alumni Office. The BOM is a great way to 
reconnect with Lasell and your fellow 
alums. 

I look forward to the next two years with 
anticipation and hope to see you soon. 

Sincerely, 

Patti Beck '97 

President, Lasell Alumni Association 



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ALL-ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2003 






W, 



hen asked if they zvould encourage other alumni to attend their Reunion... 



Yes — absolutely! It is so gratifying to see the changes responsible for Lasell's 
resurgence. But there's enough of the "old" left for reminiscing — and then of course, 
the "catching up" time with friends: the hugs, the screams, the photos — just great!" 

— Elsie Knaus Klemt '53 




Class of 1953: First row (left to right): Janet Rummel Hayes, Bev Thornton Hallowell, Donna Ross Hurley, Janet Gleason 
Nolan, Shirley Vara Gallerani, Mary Ann Donahue, Louise Dawe Turner, Betty Lou Page. Second row: Jean Nazarian 
Martinian, Marie DiSilva Stocki, June Martin Godfrey, Priscilla Boggs Killian, Carol Moriarty Phleger, Rachel Davis Van 
Leer, Barbara Howell. Third row: Shirley Gibbons San Soucie, Connie Cullman Broderick, Maureen Fagan Hollf elder, Jan 
Pearson Hauck, Pat Mitchel Foster, Theresa Lopas Speight, Greta Nilsson Masson. Fourth row: Jeanette Roberts Mann, 
Bunny Coats Stryeski, Jane Corbin Post, Audrey Thompson Rielle, Carol Buthray DeWaele, Stephanie Wennberg Conkling, 
Diane Cueny Harden. Fifth row: Carol Lindstrom Jobes, Elsie Knaus Klemt, Sylvia Pfeiffer Nesslinger, Molly Bondareff 
Krakauer, Martha Guhring Gremley, Althea Janke Gardner, Jean Weeks Hanna. 





Boston Duck Tour 




Class of 1998 reunion gathering at the home of Urit 
Chaimovitz '98 From top left: Jessica Anthony '98, J anna 
O'Brien '99, Carissa Templeton '98, Nicole Dern '97, Jenn 
Brooks '99, Urit Chaimovitz '98, Lauren Gianatassio '98, 
Jen Gemme '99. 




Classes of '58/'83 Gardner House party. 




'83 Campus Transportation for Joan O'Connor, Sue Senof onte Preis, 
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek and Julia Schaum Ortale. 



The alumni Orphean Singers accompany the New Philharmonia Orchestra. 



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LASELL LEAVES 



FALL 2003 



ALL-ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2003/ALUMNI EVENTS 





Lasell's newest alumni are full of smiles. 



Classes of '58/'83 Reunion Weekend "Opening Ceremonies.' 



R. 



regarding life-long friendships that were started at Lasell and 
nurtured over the years... 



"A small group in the Class of 
1960 get together every year for 
a mini-reunion — two have lost 
their husbands this year and I 
know they will derive great 
strength and encouragement 
from the bonds that we have 
been building — they will 
also have a wonderful time 
exploring with us and being 
young at heart!!!" 



— Faith Bowker-Maloney '60 Class of 1963 at Converse House. 





Manu McNamara and her grandmother, Honey Markham 
Wedeman '48 at the Wedeman Art Gallery Exhibit: 
50 Years of Women's Suits. 




A highlight of the Reunion Concert was a duet sung by President de Witt and Celeste Harring, Assistant to 
Lasell Village Dean Paula Panchuck. 




Jeanne Cousins, former faculty member — received a standing 
ovation at Reunion Convocation. 



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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS 



Lasell Online Community 

Ali 



.L ALUMNI SHOULD NOW BE LISTED IN THE ONLINE COMMUNITY. 



If you are already a member of the community, 
thanks for helping our community grow! We 
want to ask that you now go to your profile page 
to be sure your information is accurate and up to 
date. Please go to http://lasell.planetalumni.com, 
login and then click on the "edit personal info" 
link located on the left side of the page to access 
your profile information. 

If you are new to the community, then you can 
login NOW following these simple instructions: 

Steps to join the online community: 

• Go to http://lasell.planetalumni.com 

• Under "I'm a New User," Click here to join 
and follow the directions 

• You need only fill out the asterisked infor- 
mation — the rest is optional. Once you 
complete the registration fields, you will be 
ready to start interacting in the community! 

Community Features include: 

• Email forwarding for life 



• Member directories, message boards & 
real-time chats 

• Online clubs and mentoring 

• Networking, business card exchange & 
job listings 

• Donations online 

• Reunion planning and event calendars, 
photo albums 

• Downloadable Lasell Leaves and other 
publications 

We also understand that you may not wish to 
be listed in Lasell's Online Community and/or 
receive messages from Lasell and you certainly 
have the option to be removed. Simply reply 
back to this message with "Please remove me 
from Online Community" in the subject line 
and we will do so. 

We hope you enjoy the Lasell Online 
Community experience! **■ 





First All-Lasell Couple Engaged 

WhEN LASELL WENT COED IN 1998, the opportunity for an all lasell 
engagement and wedding was suddenly a possibility. And, it's happened. Heidi Lewis '01 
and Brian Smith '02 became engaged in December 2002 and plan to wed on May 8, 2004 in 
Oneida, NY. 

Heidi graduated with a degree in Sociology 
and works with troubled teens for Bay State 
Community Services. Brian has a Business and 
Marketing degree and is working at Babson Col- 
lege in Financial Aid. 

The couple is counting the days until next May "-* 

and Lasell sends them fond wishes for much 

future happiness together. **- 

The smiles on their faces say it all. 

New Bedford Whaling Museum 
Tour Kicks Off Fall Alumni Events 

Alumni and spouses discovered they were in for a real treat on 

Sunday, September 14. It was a perfect end-of-summer afternoon for a tour of the New 

Bedford Whaling Museum, and a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. 

$1 million challenge that Joan Weiler Arnow '49 
and Bob Arnow have offered to help the 
Campaign reach its $5 million goal. **• 



The event was made possible by Helena Hart- 
nett, former overseer and Dean of External 
Affairs at Lasell. She is now director of develop- 
ment at the Whaling Museum, the largest such 
museum in America, which is devoted to the his- 
tory of the American whaling industry. 

To the alumni gathering, Patti Beck '97, new 
president of the Lasell Alumni Association, gave 
an update on whaf s happening at the College 
today. Top on her list was Lasell's record enroll- 
ment and the opening of "new" Bragdon, the 60- 
bed residence hall which will help accommodate 
the College's burgeoning student population. 

Nancy Grellier '49, herself a donor to the 
Campaign for Bragdon, spoke about the generous 




With New Bedford harbor behind them, alumni and 
spouses enjoy the day. 



Alumni Association 

Scholarships 

Awarded 



.HE THREE RECIPIENTS OF ALUMNI 
Association Scholarships this year are 
returning students who have demonstrated 
their outstanding ability as scholars. They 
were selected from a competitive pool of 
applicants and bring a wide range of 
talents to the Lasell community. 

Most are leaders and volunteers in extra- 
curricular activities on and off campus including: 
Women's Soccer representative for the Student 
Athlete Advisory Council, camp counselor, blood 
donor, Big Brother/Big Sister, DARE, Emerging 
Leaders, technical support assistant, Men's Soc- 
cer, sophomore class president, Honors Program, 
newspaper writer, Food Committee, and Student 
Affairs Committee. 

The recipients for the 2003-2004 school year are: 

Allegra DeLuca, a business management junior 
from Johnston, RI 

Edin Rizvanbegovic, a management informa- 
tion systems junior from Maiden, MA 

Keith Tower, a marketing sophomore from 
Salem, MA **• 



" 



Bulletin 
Board 




Where are our Alumni? 

We would like to increase atten- 
dance at various alumni events and 
look to you to offer suggestions and 
ideas about what you would like 
from your alma mater. We try to 
offer events that are social in 
nature, but also have an education- 
al component. Please share your 
thoughts by contacting us. 



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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS 









It's True ... Membership Does Have its Benefits! 

nlock the Power of Membership! 



Congratulations on your status as a Lasell College alum! As a Lasell alumna, 
and as a member of the Lasell Alumni Association, you have access to an exciting 

range of special benefits. 



The Alumni Association is a vital organization 
through which alumni maintain their ties with 
the College and the network of more than 11,000 
contactable Lasell graduates. Since Lasell's found- 
ing in 1851, more than 18,000 alumni have been 
proud to call the leader in innovative education 
their alma mater. 

We hope that you take advantage of these ter- 
rific opportunities! If online, print out your mem- 
bership card at www.lasell.planetalumni.com and 
get ready to enjoy your Lasell alumni experience. 
If not, please contact the Alumni Office and we 
will mail you a card. 

We look forward to working with you and see- 
ing you at various events. Please call the Alumni 
Office with any questions at (617) 243-2139. 

The following benefits are subject to availability 
(students have first priority): 

• Online Interactive Community — features 
include: 

— Email forwarding for life 

— Member directories, message boards 
& real-time chats 

— Online clubs and mentoring 

— Networking, business card exchange 
& job listings 

— Safe, secure online donations 

— Reunion planning and event calendars 

— Photo albums 

— Downloadable Lasell Leaves and 
publications 

— http://www.lasell.planetalumni.com 

• Brennan Library — Resources available 
include: books and periodicals; computer 
databases; Minuteman statewide library 
computer system. 

• Career Planning and Placement — Services 
are available to alumni throughout their 
working lives. This office provides compre- 
hensive career planning and placement ser- 
vices which include: career exploration; 
resume/cover letter preparation; interview 
coaching and a job bank of available posi- 
tions — even reciprocal arrangements with 
placement offices at colleges and universities 
in other states! 

• Workshops and Seminars — on career- 
related topics sponsored throughout the year. 

• Publications — The alumni newsletter, Lasell 
Leaves, is produced twice a year and includes 
campus update information as well as Class 
Notes. The Annual Report is published at the 
end of every year. 



• Special Events Programming — The Office 
of Institutional Advancement sponsors sever- 
al events each year including regional alumni 
gatherings, Alumni College seminars and 
Reunion Weekend. 

• Reunion Weekend — All alumni are invited 
back to campus each year to reunite with 
their former classmates to reminisce and 
network. 

• Computer Lab — The "Carole Myers Lowe 
'38" lab has 20 IBM compatible computers 
with two laser jet printers. In addition, there 
is one Mac system with desktop publishing 
capabilities. 

• Auditing Classes — With permission from 
the vice president for Academic Affairs, 
classes may be audited at no charge (no 
credits received). 

Some important rules of the road, when it 
comes to auditing: 

— During drop /add week — an alum may 
sign up for a class if space is available 

— The alum is responsible for any extra fees 
related to each course, such as film for a 
photography course, etc. 

— The course is taken for no grade, no credit 

— There is no fee charged for this course 

— Limit: one course per semester undergrad- 
uate. Graduate level: one-time audit only. 

• Regional Gatherings — Periodically, alumni 
gatherings are held around the country in an 
effort to connect alumni to the College on a 
more personal level and provide networking 
opportunities. 

• Donahue Bookstore — enjoy a 10% discount 
on all bookstore items. 

• Merchandise — Lasell College merchandise 
is available to alumni through the Alumni 
Association and the proceeds benefit the stu- 
dent scholarship program. Items for purchase 
include T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, stationery, 
watches, etc. 

• Athletic Center — Use of facilities during 
open hours. Includes regulation-size gymna- 
sium, suspended track, weight room, aerobics 
room, and locker room. Athletic Center use is 
available during posted hours. Hours 
subject to change. Please call (617) 243-2330 
to confirm. 



Athletic Center Hours: 

School year: 

Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Summer Hours: 

Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

• Athletic Games — Attendance at all 
athletic contests is free of charge and 
strongly encouraged. 

• French Library — The partnership brings 
adult French classes to the Lasell campus, 
preschool children's French classes, held at 
the Rockwell Child Center, and various cul- 
tural events hosted at the Yamawaki Art and 
Cultural Center. As part of this partnership, 
Lasell College holds an institutional member- 
ship with the French Library, and provides 
all members of the Lasell community with 
access to the full complement of resources 
and special events sponsored by the organi- 
zation. To avail yourselves of the FLCC/ 
AFBC offerings, show your Lasell ID and 
receive free access or member discounts, 
depending on the event. For events requiring 
reservations, alert the Library that you are 
from Lasell and will be showing your ID 
upon arrival. 

• Wedeman Gallery — Admission to all 
exhibits is free of charge. 



THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP 

• Audit Classes 

• Use of Athletic Center — weight room, track, 
aerobics and more! 

• All resources of Brennan Library 

• Career Planning and Placement 

• Donahue Bookstore — 10% off all clothing 
and gifts 

• French Library programming and offerings 

• Business Networking 

• Online Interactive Community, including 
online clubs, mentoring, and business card 
exchange 

• Workshops and seminars on career building 
and other important issues 



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LASELL VILLAGE 



W3!f! _._._.__.__.__.__ ._„._. . ._.__._»._„_.__. ._».__ 




Individual health screenings were among the many popular 
features of Expo 2003. 



Senior Expo 2003 
a Huge Success 
for Second Year 
in a Row 



On 



MAY 28TH, DE WITT HALL WAS 
filled with row upon row of exhibitors' 
tables, which spilled over into Glow 
Lounge. More than 450 people attended, 
topping last year's record. Sponsored by 
Lasell Village, Community Living Network 
of Newton, Newton Council on Aging, and 
the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, 
the expo is one of a number of Lasell Village 
educational programs offered to the greater 
Newton community free of charge. 

Not only did attendees comb through the 
offerings of the more than 54 exhibitors, they 
also participated in health screenings. Among 
them were blood pressure readings conducted 
by the Newton Health Department, hearing tests 
by the West Newton Hearing Center, BMI (body 
mass index) calculations taken by Tufts USDA 
Nutritional Programs, and diabetes screening by 
Newton Wellesley Hospital/Partners. 

Workshops were held throughout the day on a 
variety of topics. Some of the issues covered 
were senior housing options, property tax issues, 
elder care insurance, how to live on a fixed 
income, volunteer opportunities, and computer 
basics. "We were pleased to be able to make 
such a comprehensive program available to the 
Newton community," said Paula Panchuck, dean 
for Lasell Village, "and delighted by the response 
we received. We're already beginning to think 
about Senior Expo 2004." >*• 




PRODUCT BEING TESTED IS DESIGNED TO MAKE WEB ACCESS EASIER FOR ELDERS 

Lasell Village Chosen as Beta Site 
for IBM Technology 

Li ASELL VILLAGE HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING 
as one of the first sites to utilize a revolutionary technology developed by IBM to make the 
World Wide Web more accessible to older adults. It is designed to assist those who have 
visual limitations that make it difficult or impossible to see a Web page or those who have 
motor impairments, such as tremors, that make it difficult to type or use a mouse. 

The product has been well-received in pilot adults or people with disabilities. Users can try 

tests by SeniorNet, which partnered with IBM in out their preferences on any Web page they 



testing and adapting the technology. With the 
IBM Web Adaptation Technology, individuals 
can increase the size of the text on the web pages 
they access, quiet a distracting background, turn 
off flashing images, change the color for better 
contrast, adjust the keyboard to overlook typing 
errors intentionally, and avoid features that can 
make the Internet hostile territory for older 



choose and can immediately see the effect of 
changes in text or image sizes or colors. Once 
they are happy with their choices, users can save 
their preferences so that all the Web pages they 
visit from that point on are reformatted to be 
displayed as they have requested. The tech- 
nology will be available to Village residents 
this fall. *•< 



TWO NEW TRUSTEES ELECTED TO VILLAGE BOARD 

Elliot Finkelstein, M.D. is an ophthalmologist with EYE MDs of Greater Boston, a practice he 
shares with his daughter Dr. Made Himmel. He served as the President of the American Acade- 
my of Opthalmology until 1998 and was also President of the Massachusetts Society of Eye 
Physicians and Surgeons. 

Kenneth Lloyd Minaker, M.D. is Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit at Massachusetts Gener- 
al Hospital in Boston, a position he has held since 1995. He is also the Associate Director of 
Research at Harvard Medical School's Division on Aging. He is currently a physician at Harvard 
University Health Services in Cambridge, and co-director of Claude Pepper Older American's 
Independence Center at Harvard Medical School. 



AN ELEGANT TEA PARTY 



HARPIST ANN HOBSON 





When the sixth graders from the Lin- 
coln School in Brookline, MA came to 
the Village for their last book discussion 
on June 18, a tea party was held in then- 
honor. It was a happy celebration for a 
very successful series. Having tea every 
day was one of the themes of The View 
from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, the 
Newbery Medal book everyone had read 
for this session. 

The intergenerational book talks were 
a huge success and are being continued 
this year. 



In memory of resident Natalie 
Sandomirsky, the Village Education and 
Research Office was pleased to present 
a program entitled "Ann Hobson Pilot: 
A Musical Journey." Ms. Hobson is the 
first harpist for the Boston Symphony 
Orchestra and had recently visited 
Africa to explore the roots of the harp. 
She is pictured above with a Ugandan 
harp. The program was a fitting tribute 
for Mrs. Sandomirsky, who had hoped 
to present both a brief lecture series and 
a course about African culture for the 
Village's spring 2003 program. 






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m 




SPORTS NEWS 




HL 

Director of Athletics Kristy Walter 



Message from the Athletic Director 

X^ONFERENCE EXPANSIONS HAVE BROUGHT BOTH CHANGES AND CHALLENGES TO LASELL 
athletics. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC), where nine of Lasell's 12 varsity teams compete, has expand- 
ed to include Thomas College, UMaine Farmington and Husson College. These teams have been accepted as 
full members into the NAC and will begin competition this year. The addition of these three Maine schools 
will bring the total number of members to 13 on the women's side and 10 on the men's side. The NAC has 
enough members now to apply to the NCAA for the automatic bid for both the men and the women. 



The growth of the NAC means new schedules, 
more travel, and more competition. Our teams 
that compete in the NAC are cross country, bas- 
ketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, and 
women's volleyball. Each of these teams' confer- 
ence schedules have expanded to include the new 
conference members. The schedules this year will 
also include more overnight travel and some 
additional back-to-back weekend games. The level 
of competition will also increase this year as only 
eight teams will qualify for NAC championship 
tournaments. In the past, all of the teams quali- 
fied for the tournament. Conference games will 
have more importance as only the top teams will 
advance to the play-offs. Lasell athletes expect 



to be competitive in the conference across the 
board and will look to compete for each NAC 
title this year. 

The New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance 
(NEWLA) and the North East Collegiate Volley- 
ball Association have also expanded for '03 -'04. 
Emerson College has been accepted into NEWLA 
and will begin competition this year and MIT has 
been granted membership into NECVA, the con- 
ference in which the men's volleyball team com- 
petes. Each of these teams will add a new level of 
play to these conferences. 

The new conference members increase the 
visibility of the conferences and of Lasell College 



athletics. The expansion also raises the competi- 
tion level for all of the athletes. With these new 
additions and changes, the '03 -'04 seasons should 
prove to be exciting ones for all of the Lasell 
College teams. 

Sincerely, 





Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 



MEN'S VOLLEYBALL 
OVERALL RECORD: 7-17 
CONFERENCE RECORD: 4-12 

Men's volleyball Head Coach, Scott Abbotts, 
struggled with multiple team injuries during the 
season, but his players never gave up the fight. In 
a match against Mount Ida, the Lasers lost their 
setter, Matt Staley '03, to a knee injury and the 
team's back-up setter, Jason Lively '04, was 
already sidelined with an injury. Freshman Tim 
Bishop stepped in, and the Lasers were victorious. 

The team looks to rebuild next year, as it will 
return only a handful of players. 

MEN'S LACROSSE 
OVERALL RECORD: 7-8 
PILGRIM LEAGUE: 3-3 

It was Coach Timothy Dunton's first year and it 
was a very tough season schedule, but the men's 
lacrosse team landed its first ever bid to the ECAC 
tournament. 

Senior Mike Norton broke the Lasell record for 
scoring with his 107th goal, and was named an 
All-Conference attackman. Louis Lucchetti '05, 
was first in the country in assists for Division III 
lacrosse, an All-ECAC tournament selection, 
Co-Player of the Year for the Pilgrim League, 
and was named an All-Conference midfielder. 

In the goal, Colby Gorniewicz '06, made an 
incredible 212 saves. "He came to us as an 
attack," explains Coach Dunton, "but when we 
lost our goalie, he stepped forward and filled the 
gap" 

This is a team with a lot of talent and the 2004 
season should be both exciting and successful. 

WOMEN'S LACROSSE 
OVERALL RECORD: 6-7 
CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-3 

Under the guidance of new Head Coach Dana 
Czapniak, who was named NEWLA Coach of the 




Speed and determination are lacrosse requirements. 

Year, it was the most successful season to date for 
women's lacrosse. They achieved their record 
despite playing a man down against several 
opponents. 

A huge factor in the team's success was their 
offensive power. NEWLA Rookie of the Year 
Mandi Rapisardi '06 led the conference and the 
team in scoring with 57 goals and 14 assists. 

Between the pipes, sophomore goalie Rebecca 
Christopher had 123 saves in 13 games and was 
named to the AU-NEWLA second team. 

The team will not be losing any players and 
the 2003-2004 season looks bright. 

SOFTBALL 

OVERALL RECORD: 16-17 

CONFERENCE RECORD: 11-7 

The Lasers traveled to Florida for pre-season 
and when it was time to head north they had 
defeated both Trinity and Dickenson Colleges and 
were ready for the regular season and the open- 
ing of the new Taylor field. However, the rain 
and snow conditions of this past spring made 
play difficult and produced the longest game in 
the College's softball history. On April 2, they 



met Lesley Univesity, the game was postponed 
because of rain, and not completed until April 16. 
Although unable to repeat as NAC champions, 
the team did make it to the NAC semi-finals and 
many of the players were recognized for their 
efforts. Laura Stone '05 pitched two shut-outs and 
was named to the NAC Second Team, and she 
and fellow pitcher Sonja Landry '04 were named 
to the All-NAC Tournament Team. Seniors Wendi 
DeFilippo and Britney Falite were both named to 
the NAC First Team. 

Although sad to see these two valuable seniors 
graduate, the team is looking forward to next 
year's season. **- 







It's a hit! 



FALL 2003 



LASELL LEAVES 



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L A S E L L 

COLLEGE 



Your copy of Leaves ... 



Dear Tressa: 

I thought you might like a copy of this edition of Leaves, as your picture is on page 4. It runs in conjunction with a 
story of Connected Learning Symposium Week and Case House. 

Please keep our office posted about any newsworthy activities in which you are involved. 

Best, 



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^ 



Phyllis Taylor (ptaylor@lasell.edu) 
Institutional Advancement 
Office of Communications 



SPORTS NEWS AND LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR FALL 2003 



Listings that appear in capital letters denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. 
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147. 



FIELD HOCKEY FALL 2003 



SEPTEMBER 

4 Thursday @ Anna Maria College 

6 Saturday @ Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
9 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE 

15 Monday AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE 

20 Saturday ©Husson College* 

25 Thursday WHEELOCK COLLEGE* 

27 Saturday @ St. Josephs College (ME) 

OCTOBER 

1 Wednesday REGIS COLLEGE 

4 Saturday @ University of Maine Farmington* 

5 Sunday @ Thomas College* 

7 Tuesday BECKER COLLEGE* 
1 1 Saturday @ Simmons College* 

15 Wednesday @ Salem State College 

18 Saturday UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND* 

21 Tuesday ELMS COLLEGE* 

23 Thursday @ Nichols College 

25 Saturday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 

28 Tuesday WNEC* 
NOVEMBER 

2 Saturday NAC Quarterfinals 
5 Tuesday NAC Semi-finals 

8 Saturday NAC Finals 

'North Atlantic Conference Game 
** Parents Cookout 

Head Coach: Jessica King (5th year) 
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (5th year) 

MEN'S SOCCER FALL 2003 

SEPTEMBER 

5 Friday ©UMASS Dartmouth 

9 Tuesday TUFTS UNIVERSITY 
13 Saturday MCLA 

16 Tuesday @ Clark University 

20 Saturday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE* 

21 Sunday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 

24 Wednesday BECKER COLLEGE* 

29 Monday Emerson College 



OCTOBER 



Wednesday 
Saturday 
Tuesday 
Saturday 
12 Sunday 

18 Saturday 

19 Sunday 
23 Thursday 
29 Wednesday 



©Mount Ida College* 

ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME) 

SALEM STATE COLLEGE 

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY* 

HUSSON COLLEGE* 

© University of Maine Farmington* 

© Thomas College* 

© Suffolk University (site TBD) 

@ Elms College 



NOVEMBER 

2 Sunday Quarterfinals 

6 Wednesday Semi-Finals 

8 Saturday NAC Championship 

*North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: TBA 
Goalie Coach: Jarrod VanDerwerken 
Manager: Jacqueline Senos 

WOMEN'S SOCCER FALL 2003 

SEPTEMBER 

6 Saturday © St. Joseph's College (ME) 

12 Friday ROWAN UNIVERSITY 

16 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE 

18 Thursday ©Babson College 

20 Saturday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE* 

21 Sunday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 
24 Wednesday © Becker College* 

27 Saturday MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 



OCTOBER 

I Wednesday 
4 Saturday 

II Saturday 
12 Sunday 

15 Wednesday 

18 Saturday 

19 Sunday 

22 Wednesday 
25 Saturday 
29 Wednesday 

NOVEMBER 

1 Sunday 
6 Thursday 
8 Saturday 



EMERSON COLLEGE 

BAY PATH COLLEGE** 

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY* 

HUSSON COLLEGE* 

© Lesley University* 

© University of Maine Farmington 

©Thomas College* 

© Wheelock College* 

© Brandeis University 

ELMS COLLEGE 



NAC Quarterfinal 
NAC Semi-Finals 
NAC Finals 



h Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 



4:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 

4:30 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. 
10:00 a.m. 

4:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
11:00 a.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 

TBD 
TBD 
TBD 



4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 

3:30 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
3:15 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 

TBA 
TBA 

TBA 



1:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 



4:00 
2:30 
1:00 

12:00 
3:30 
1:00 

12:00 
3:00 



p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
p.m. 
TBA 
3:30 p.m. 



TBA 
TBA 
TBA 



** Friends & Family Weekend 

Head Coach: David Glidden (3rd year) 
Assistant Coach: TBA 



27 Friday 

28 Saturday 



NAC Semi-Finals 
NAC Finals 



WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL FALL 2003 

SEPTEMBER 

5 Friday 

6 Saturday 
9 Tuesday 
1 1 Thursday 
13 Saturday 
16 Tuesday 
18 Thursday 
20 Saturday 



23 Tuesday 
27 Saturday 



© Springfield Tournament 5:00 p.m. 

© Springfield Tournament 9:00 a.m. 

© Newbury College 7:00 p.m. 

ANNA MARIA COLLEGE 7:00 p.m. 

© Suffolk University TBD 

MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 7:00 p.m. 

WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE 7:00 p.m. 
© Thomas 

(tri w/Maine Farmington)* 1:00 / 3:00 p.m. 
WENTWORTH 

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 7:00 p.m. 

ELMS/BECKER TRI-MATCH* 1 :00 / 3:00 p.m. 



OCTOBER 

4 Saturday 
6 Monday 

9 Thursday 

10 Friday 

1 1 Saturday 
16 Thursday 
18 Saturday 
21 Tuesday 
23 Thursday 
25 Saturday 
25 Saturday 



© Bay Path (tri w/ Lesley)* 

© University of New England 7: 

UMASS BOSTON 7: 

©Eastern Connecticut State Tournament5: 

©Eastern Connecticut State Tournament9: 

@ Emerson College 

© WNEC Tournament 

SIMMONS COLLEGE 

© Regis College 7: 

EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE 12: 

ST. JOE'S (ME) 2 



NOVEMBER 

1 Saturday © Mount Ida vs. Husson & MMA* 

6 Wednesday NAC Quarterfinals 

8 Saturday NAC Semi-finals & Finals 

*North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: Mary Tom (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (6th year) 



MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 2003 



TBD 
:00 p.m. 
:00 p.m. 
i:30 p.m. 
i:00 a.m. 
:00 p.m. 

TBA 
:00 p.m. 
:00 p.m. 
:00 p.m. 
:00 p.m. 

TBD 
TBD 
TBD 



SEPTEMBER 

6 Saturday 
12 Friday 
20 Saturday 
27 Saturday 

OCTOBER 

4 Saturday 
11 Saturday 
18 Saturday 
25 Saturday 

NOVEMBER 

1 Saturday 
8 Saturday 
15 Saturday 



Smith College 
Rivier College 
UMASS Dartmouth 
Elms College Invitational 

Keene State College 

Roger Williams 

Regis College Invitational 



NAC © Castleton State 
ECAC © Tufts 
NCAA Regional 



Northampton, MA 

Nashua, NH 

Dartmouth, MA 

Chicopee, MA 

Keene, NH 

Weston, MA 
Open Date 

Castleton, VT 

Medford, MA 

Cumberland, ME 



Men's & Women's Head Coach: Larry Sullivan 



MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2003-2004 

NOVEMBER 

21 Friday 

22 Saturday 



Tip-Off © Brandeis 
Tip-Off © Brandeis 



DECEMBER 

2 Tuesday © Colby College 

6 Saturday © Castleton State College* 

7 Sunday @ Johnson State College* 
10 Wednesday BECKER COLLEGE* 

13 Saturday © Newbury College 



JANUARY 

14 Wednesday 

17 Saturday 

18 Sunday 

21 Wednesday 

25 Saturday 

26 Sunday 
29 Thursday 
31 Saturday 

FEBRUARY 

Sunday 

Tuesday 

Thursday 

Saturday 

Wednesday 

14 Saturday 

15 Sunday 

21 Saturday 

22 Sunday 
24 Tuesday 



© Elms College* 
UNIV. OF MAINE Farmington* 
THOMAS COLLEGE* 
© Mount Ida College 
CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 
JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE* 
© Keene State College 
© Husson College* 

@ Maine Maritime Academy* 

© Western Connecticut College 

ELMS COLLEGE* 

© Becker College* 

MOUNT IDA COLLEGE 

© Thomas College* 

© University of ME Farmington* 

HUSSON COLLEGE* 

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY* 

NAC Quarterfinals 



TBA 
TBA 

6:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 

5:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
5:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
TBA 
1:00 p.m. 

2:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
TBD 
3:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 



'Denotes North Atlantic Conference Game 

Head Coach: Chris Harvey (4th year) 

Associate Head Coach: Reggie Hobbs (4th year) 

Assistant Coaches: Ryan Kilian (2nd year); Mitch Lyons (2nd year) 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2003-2004 

NOVEMBER 

21 Friday Tip-OffEmmanuel 3:00 p.m. 

22 Saturday Tip-OffEmmanuel TBD 
25 Tuesday © Simmons College 7:00 p.m. 



DECEMBER 

2 Tuesday 
4 Thursday 
1 1 Thursday 
13 Saturday 



© Daniel Webster College 
© Newbury College 
WHELOCK COLLEGE* 
© Bay Path College* 



TBA 
5:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m 

TBD 



JANUARY 

7 Wednesday © Regis College 7:00 p.m. 

14 Wednesday © Elms College* TBD 

17 Saturday UNIVERSITY OF MAINE Farmington*4:00 p.m. 

18 Sunday THOMAS COLLEGE* 
20 Tuesday © Fitchburg State College 

22 Thursday ©MIT 

24 Saturday CASTLETON STATE COLLEGE* 

25 Sunday JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE* 
31 Saturday @ Husson College* 

FEBRUARY 

1 Sunday © Maine Maritime Academy* 

7 Saturday © Becker College* 

10 Tuesday LESLEY UNIVERSITY* 

12 Thursday © Mount Ida College* 

16 Saturday © Thomas College* 

17 Sunday © University of ME Farmington* 
17 Tuesday @ Lesley University* 

23 Saturday HUSSON COLLEGE* 

24 Sunday MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY* 
24 Tuesday NAC Quarterfinals 

27 Friday NAC Semi-Finals 

28 Saturday NAC Finals 

*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 

Head Coach: Dan Hunt (3rd year) 
Assistant Coach: Tricia Sylvester (1st year) 



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